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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

With ripe fruiting bodies.

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Common forest floor and corticolous sp where mountain beech forest occurs

Underside ranging white to black with prominent pseudocyphellae.
Thallus margins entire, surface glabrous, shallowly wrinkled - bullate.

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Mountain Astelia Astelia nervosa

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Does not appear to be the silvery mountain astelia but has distinctive silvery [hirsute] edges to lamina. Very attractive plant with contrasting dark central vein/nerve. See detail 2nd pic.
Hybrid? Or simply natural variation

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Large Mountain daisy Celmisia semicordata ssp. semicordata

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Part of the sub-alpine bog community on Lewis Pass Saddle.
Large plant with leaves to 50mm across and up to 30cm long.

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Habitat part of sub-alpine bog community.

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Bog Mingimingi Androstoma empetrifolium

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

In sub-alpine bog.

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Small herb in sub-alpine bog community.
Fruiting stage. Tiny fleshy dark fruit.
Leaves opposite, obovate, vaguely dentate.
Gonocarpus?

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Viper's-bugloss Echium vulgare

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Commonest weed in Marlborough and North Canterbury back hills.

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koromiko Veronica salicifolia

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Leaf buds with small ovate sinus.
Elevation is quite high for this sp.

Fruiting stage.

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Mountain Wineberry Aristotelia fruticosa

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Unsure of species. Leaves sparse, alternate, very small, to c. 10mm long, weakly dentate.
Flowers pendulous, white, shaded pink at maturity, in clusters of 2-4, not terminal as in G rupestris.

Perhaps it's not this genus at all!

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Mountain carrot Gingidia montana

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Large shiny leaves; in seed.
A bit overgrown with exotic weeds, clover, trefoil and grasses.

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Heavily faveolate upper surface, yellow medulla, margins entire, undersurface with continuous tomentum, numerous small pseudocyphellae. Apothecia with red-brown disc with scabrid exciple.

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

ID? either this or Pseudocyphellaria poculifera depending on how one describes the marginal decoration.

Yellow medulla and yellow pseudocyphellae beneath amongst light coloured tomentum.
Margins with either soredia? or isidia? in yellow-gold.
Apothecia with ragged sorediate margins.

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Prickly Shield Fern Polystichum vestitum

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

Detail.

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Spineless Acaena Acaena inermis

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memopob

Date

March 31, 2017

Description

7-9 leaflets of glaucous-grey edged with reddish brown.
Flowers yellow-green, barbs short.
Late flowerer.
Stipes relatively free of scales.

Is the A inermis?

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Aphids Family Aphididae

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memopob

Date

March 16, 2017

Description

Tiny insect spotted on papers on indoors. Scale: Printed text is 1.0mm high.
Doesn't look like an aphid. Very active walker. Wrong shape for book louse.

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Bladder ketmia Hibiscus trionum

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memopob

Date

March 26, 2017

Description

Commonly, but erroneously, called the NZ Hibiscus, it does bear a similar flower.

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European Tube Wasp Ancistrocerus gazella

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memopob

Date

March 23, 2017

Description

Small wasp, about half the size of an Asian paper wasp and seems to be related to this type of wasp.
Banding on abdomen: one yellow anterior, large black, 4 yellow posterior seems possibly diagnostic.
Overall length c.10mm

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Lyre Moth Cnephasia jactatana

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memopob

Date

March 25, 2017

Description

Cannot find this one on Landcare's moth site. ID please. Wingspan of 11-12mm, under wing pale greyish with a few faint darker lines. Upper wing with distinctive [hopefully diagnostic] deep brown longitudinal marking with gold edging otherwise fairly plain but lightly freckled in shades of paler brown, outer wing lightly ribbed. Length not including antennae 10 mm. Body and thorax quite slim.

Fungi

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fungi including lichens Kingdom Fungi

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memopob

Date

March 8, 2017

Description

Deceased fruit fly which has apparently been attacked by a fungus.
Or is it? Not some exotic sp with fluffy striped body I trust.
Comments please.
Fly is approx 2mm in length.

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memopob

Date

March 16, 2017

Description

Thickset, with long 'furry' scales and distinctive comma on the upper wing. Female.

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memopob

Date

March 13, 2017

Description

Larger than a blowfly and often considerably bolder, this one quite happy to pose for closeups.
Notably striped on the thorax which doesn't show well in my pics.
I was thinking along the lines of large Tachinids but now have second thought.

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memopob

Date

March 5, 2017

Description

Not particularly common in Travers Valley, less so with elevation.

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memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

This one corticolous. Typified by the abundant coralloid branches. Low on a beech tree.

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memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

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Scrambling pohuehue Muehlenbeckia complexa

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memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

Common form with hastate leaves.

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Hook Grass Carex uncinata

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memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

Seed head on hook grass.
Unsure of sp, but it's the common one in Travers Valley

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Southern Rata Metrosideros umbellata

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memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

Small colonies of trees lakeside. Pretty sparse.

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Observer

memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

Divaricating non-directional lobes,

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NZ common broom Carmichaelia australis

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memopob

Date

March 6, 2017

Description

Leafless broom shrub c 1m high, this one with some cankers and no signs of fl or pods. Branches terete, finely grooved.
Seems to key to this sp. !?

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