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pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 04:32 PM NZDT

Description

Abundant mid-tidally under flat rocks in sandy, fine gravelly areas overlying volcanogenic rock.

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What

Wart Lichen Hydropunctaria maura

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pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 04:32 PM NZDT

Description

Best guess (without examining spores etc when in the field these sorts of lichens were generically 'dumped' by New Zealand field lichenologists under the name Verrucaria maura (now Hydropunctaria maura)) so I am placing it here because I did not collect this (next time I suppose). Irrespective of correct name this lichen is locally common at this location. Saxicolous on tidally exposed tuffaceous volcanic rock (location is mid-tidal). Forming somewhat irregular circular black patches on tidal portion of shore platform extending into bay.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018). Common along cliff tops. Branchlets rooting freely on contact with ground. Associated with Ozothamnus leptophyllus, aruhe (Pteridium esculentum), patotara (Leucopogon fraseri), mingimingi (L. fasciculatus), kahikatoa (Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum), taihoa (Cassytha paniculata) and pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa). Plants heavily flowering, flowers more or less uniformly white. Andromonoecious flowers common.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018). Specimen growing on a iron pan just above coastal cliffs. Branchlets rooting freely on contact with ground.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Common component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach. Present in two morphs - a deeply and evenly divided form (first two images) and a less deeply and evenly divided form (last two images) with wider thallus divisions. Both commonly used as a substrate by mussel spat.

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pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Occasional component of seaweed 'bales' washed up along beach. Although uncommon, thallus supporting plenty of mussel spat.

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Square

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

I think so - a common component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach. A common substrate for mussel spat.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Uncommon component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach. Acting as a substrate for mussel spat.

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pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Abundant component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach. Comon substrate for mussel spat.

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pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 02:00 PM NZDT

Description

Locally common - exposed at low tide. Specimens attached to basalt rock.

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What

Common Kelp Ecklonia radiata

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Uncommon component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach. Not supporting mussel spat.

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Square

What

True Crabs Infraorder Brachyura

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Juvenile noted within seaweed 'bales' washed up along beach. Same individual and hand (mine) as this observation - https://inaturalist.nz/observations/33774830

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What

Common Flapjack Carpophyllum maschalocarpum

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Common component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach - not as a rule supporting mussel spat.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

A scarce component of seaweed 'bales' washed up on beach (these covered in mussle spat).

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018). Specimen growing on a iron pan just above coastal cliffs. Branchlets rooting freely on contact with ground.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Vegetative plant of Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018). Specimen growing on a iron pan just above coastal cliffs. Specimens threaded with taihoa (Cassytha paniculata).

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Tea Trees Genus Leptospermum

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Images showing Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018) in the foreground and a belt of putative Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum × Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) hybrids behind these.

Specimens growing on a iron pan just above coastal cliffs.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Tea Trees Genus Leptospermum

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

A further example of putative Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum × Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018) - one of several seen growing on hardened iron pan on coastal escarpment. Putative hybrid growing with postulated parents; morphologically intermediate with semi-erect to pendulous growth habit; initial branches erect, soon spreading and with age becoming pendulous, branches not rooting with contact on ground. Flower darker pink than those seen on most Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) but of a colour more consistent with the local race of L. scoparium var. incanum which at this site grows interdigitated with Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b).

Andromonoecious flowers common in these plants.

DNA samples and voucher collected.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Tea Trees Genus Leptospermum

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Putative Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum × Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018) - one of several seen growing on hardened iron pan on coastal escarpment. Putative hybrid growing with postulated parents; morphologically intermediate with semi-erect to pendulous growth habit; initial branches erect, soon spreading and with age becoming pendulous, branches not rooting with contact on ground. Flower darker pink than those seen on most Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) but of a colour more consistent with the local race of L. scoparium var. incanum which at this site grows interdigitated with Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b).

DNA samples and voucher collected.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Leptospermum aff. scoparium (the race known by the tag name Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018)). One of many plants, some with pinkish tinged flowers, others white, all with decumbent, pendent and/or trailing branches (these rooting on contact with the ground), growing syntopically with Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum. Abundant at this location (see also https://inaturalist.nz/observations/33969627).

Andromonoecious flowers commonly seen on these plants at this site.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 30, 2019 12:53 PM NZDT

Description

Leptospermum aff. scoparium (the race known by the tag name Leptospermum aff. scoparium (b) (AK 247250; “coastal silver prostrate”) of de Lange et al. (2018)). One of many plants, some with pinkish tinged flowers, others white, all with decumbent, pendent and/or trailing branches (these rooting on contact with the ground), growing syntopically with Leptospermum scoparium var. incanum. Abundant at this location (see also https://inaturalist.nz/observations/33969627).

Andromonoecious flowers commonly seen on these plants at this site.

I have deliberately obscured this observation for now - as the site is sensitive to human traffic and vandalism.

Reference

de Lange, P.J.; Rolfe, J.R.; Barkla, J.W.; Courtney, S.P.; Champion, P.D.; Perrie, L.R.; Beadel, S.M.; Ford, K.A.; Breitwieser, I.; Schönberger, I.; Hindmarsh-Walls, R.; Heenan, P.B.; Ladley, K. 2018: Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants. 2017. New Zealand Threat Classification Series 22: 1–82

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What

Moss-eating Crambid Snout Moths Subfamily Scopariinae

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 12, 2019 10:17 AM NZDT

Description

Single adult noted resting up on side of building.

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What

Shining Karamu Coprosma lucida

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 10, 2019 10:15 AM NZDT

Description

Female inflorescences, flowers and immature fruit - for male flowers, and the foliage, domatia and stipules of this species see https://inaturalist.nz/observations/34288037 taken from the same site next to this specimen.

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What

Manuka Leptospermum scoparium

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 13, 2019 12:58 PM NZDT

Description

Probably planted. The widespread "Auckland" race of Leptospermum scoparium.

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What

Shining Karamu Coprosma lucida

Observer

pjd1

Date

October 10, 2019 10:15 AM NZDT

Description

Common shrub in regenerating rawirinui (Kunzea robusta) / pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa) forest. Male and female plants noted in heavy flower. Female plants also bearing immature fruit and fresh flowers.

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What

New Zealand Green-lipped Mussel Perna canaliculus

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Green-lipped mussel spat on the branches of washed up Landsburgia quercifolia and Melanthalia abscissa, lying in bales of seaweed* exposed along sandy beach at low tide mark.

*Dominated by Carpophyllum maschalocarpum, Landsburgia quercifolia, Vidalia colensoi and Ecklonia radiata.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 02:00 PM NZDT

Description

Common at low tide mark. Growing with Carpophyllum maschalocarpum and Lessonia variegata on basalt reef exposed as low tide.

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Observer

pjd1

Date

September 29, 2019 03:55 PM NZDT

Description

Common component of sea weeds 'bales' lying at low tide mark.

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What

Beard Lichens Genus Usnea

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 21, 2019 12:14 PM NZST

Description

Haven't yet attempted to key this one out. Locally common on the trunks of nikau (Rhopalostylis sapida). Apothecia present but very uncommon.

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What

Pellitory-of-the-Wall Parietaria judaica

Observer

pjd1

Date

September 23, 2019 08:28 AM NZST

Description

Abundant under Airport Terminal Building. First noted here in 2006 and subjected to an attempted eradication by the Department of Conservation between 2006 and 2010 after which it appeared to have been eradicated. I did not see it at this site (which is so far the only known location for it on the island that I am aware of) until this visit (and I have searched for it here since 2015).

I have requested that local ECAN biosecurity officers have another attempt at its eradication.

Almost certainly arrived via air traffic from New Zealand - it is especially abundant around Wellington Airport.

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