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Beetles Order Coleoptera

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Date

October 14, 2017

Description

1 - 1.5 mm long. Wing sheathes with something akin to checkerboard pattern. Has the general appearance of a ladybird.

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Date

October 14, 2017

Description

Thallus quite this for this family, upper surface grey-green to slate, glabrous, bullate. Apothecia reb-brown, held vertically. Rhizines robust, long and not much clumped. Underside white, veins +/- anastomosing.
Terricolous and/or muscicolous.

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memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Keys to this sp. I think.
Thallus coriaceous which seems to rule out P cinnamomea which this specimen looks a lot like.
This one was a photosymbiodeme, partly green, partly cyanobacterial.
Medulla white, underside with heavy brown tomentum cover but with well defined white pseudocyphellae where they occur.
Host beech. Habitat mixed beech forest.
Sorry underside shot not brilliant!

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memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Branches compressed much wider than deep and paler on underside. Underside +/- faveolate. Apothecia on underside is pitted but doesn't show well in pic.
Host: Silver beech, Lophozonia menziesii

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What

parsley fern Botrychium australe

Observer

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Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Record shot to show it occurs here in the karst country.

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Kohuhu Pittosporum tenuifolium

Observer

memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Naturally occurring here.

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brambles Genus Rubus

Observer

memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

This may Rubus cissoides var 'broad leaflets'.
Sorry no better definitive pix.

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Observer

memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Think it's this sp. Seems to have very distinctive hairs on leaves.

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Observer

memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Large and active.
Length with antennae 35mm.
Busy early evening and beginning to forage.

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Observer

memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Quite a straggly branching moss.
Rachis black and almost woody when aged, otherwise shades of brown. Pinnate 'leaves' with spaced hairs about the margins.

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What

mosses, liverworts, and hornworts Phylum Bryophyta

Observer

memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Bright red moss. Habitat montane basin open grassland mixed granite/ marble transition zone.

Two other spp are present in pix.

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Observer

memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

This is Melicytus 'Canaan' as yet unpublished sp.
Habitat, open clearings in mixed beech forest, granite base.

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Observer

memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Tall forest moss under mixed beech forest. Caught this one in flower.

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Observer

memopob

Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Small umbrella shaped lookalike to a Hymenophyllum. New growths also fern-like.
Habitat mixed beech forest floor

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Date

October 15, 2017

Description

Soft grey green foliage. Habitat on old Libocedrus trunks.

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Chinese Hibiscus Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Observer

memopob

Date

May 23, 2010

Description

Kaute 'enua. Happily growing in dense native scrub near The Needle. Double red with no notches on petals, one of three varieties naturalised on Rarotonga.

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sea hibiscus Hibiscus tiliaceus

Observer

memopob

Date

May 23, 2010

Description

Forms a discontinuous belt around the island. Weed there.

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false staghorn fern Dicranopteris linearis

Observer

memopob

Date

July 6, 2010

Description

Forms large almost monoculture patches on what may be ancient man-made clearings in the natural forest

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Greenhood Orchids Genus Pterostylis

Observer

memopob

Date

December 4, 2014

Description

Dorsal hunchbacked, tip up-turned.
80mm total height, leaves narrow.
Labellum broad, arched evenly, tip red and emarginate and not at all pinched, flower a similar size to Pt banksii, synsepalum parting at close to 180 degrees, column tall.

Habitat open scrub in limestone karst. Quite commonly encountered, often with even shorter acicular leaves held stiffly erect.
Found in montane situations at a number of locations throughout the South Island and one in the North Island.
The galea is distinctive.
Has been tagged PT 'karst'.
Hope this inspires a little interest.

Sharing this habitat are Pt banksii, Pt australis, Pt oliveri, Pt montana and Pt irwinnii

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Spider orchids Genus Corybas

Observer

memopob

Date

October 14, 2009

Description

Part of the Corybas trilobus aggregate. Yet to be named.

In many features this is similar to the named Chathams species Corybas sulcatus.

Notable features. Flowers distinctively pale with same pinkish base shade throughout only becoming green towards the base of the dorsal sepal. Heavily striped and unique in the respect.
General shape: almost spherical, labellum has a large and deep cleft, bib with fairly sparse hairs. Central disc prominent, pinkish. Auricles forward pointing.
Habitat seepages under kanuka.
I have found no association to beech thus far.
Naturally sparse and possibly under threat from future forest development as currently locally known only from private land.

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Observer

memopob

Date

October 6, 2002

Description

Originally part of the Corybas trilobum aggregate.

Grows in upper montane beech forest habitat and tolerates quite dry situations.
It is unique among the agg in that it flowers sub-litter and can rarely be photographed without disturbing the plant. Flowers are the smallest in the agg, often only reaching 5-7 mm across. They have disproportionately long purple tepals which are often the only part of the flower visible above the litter level. Flowers are generally quite ball shaped and the labellum excessively hairy. Labellum wings are ragged with deep laciniations. Leaves very trilobed.
Often in large colonies with few flowers, but on occasions flower prolifically when conditions are good.
Common in the dryer Eastern ranges of Nelson and about the Nelson Lakes NP but found from East Cape to South Canterbury. Not threatened.

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Corybas walliae Corybas wallii

Observer

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Date

November 9, 2002

Description

Under regenerating beech and kanuka forest.

Flowers here notably translucent and pappilose on the dorsal, and both inside and out on the labellum. A local feature here. Another common local feature is ridge on the dorsal giving a conical rather than spathulate frontal aspect.

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Corybas walliae Corybas wallii

Observer

memopob

Date

November 22, 2003

Description

Originally part of the Corybas trilobus aggregate.

Occurs mainly at elevation [sub-alpine] under beech forest at Nelson's latitude, but can on rare occasions be found in cold shaded riverine habitat at lower altitudes.

Distinguishing features. Flower light apple green with labellum bib frequently translucent. Dorsal broadly spathulate often ridged and can have a faint reddish or purple flush at the distal end on occasions. Leaves trilobate, flower generally above the leaf.
Previously tagged Corybas 'triwhite' by Eric Scanlen.

The last [rather poor] photo has been included to show C. wallii and C. vitreus [right] growing sympatrically. I have been observing these colonies for 20 years and have never seen any evidence of hybridisation, which vindicates recognition of these as separate species, clearly using different pollinator vectors.

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Observer

memopob

Date

November 30, 2002

Description

Rear view showing the auricles and shape of the lower dorsal and attachment of filament petals and sepals.

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Observer

memopob

Date

November 24, 2010

Description

Specimens from site where it was first tagged as Corybas 'darkie'.

This is the latest flowering species in the Corybas trilobus agg and it is possible to find specimens still in flower in January.
Fl. Nov to Jan.
Forms large colonies.

For those interested in the internal makeup a longitudinal disect.

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Observer

memopob

Date

November 24, 2002

Description

Originally part of the Corybas trilobus agg. First recognised as distinct by Dr Graeme Jane at Dip Flat, Rainbow Rd, Wairau.

Distinguished by its almost completely black-red colouration.
Some green can occur toward the base of the dorsal sepal and the labellum has a green disc.
Main physical ID: Dorsal sepal spathulate, blunt, usually emarginate and has a rugose surface and raised ridges. Distinguished from C confusus by dorsal shape and trilobate leaves which frequently have a purple central vein and marginal maculae in a similar colour.
Habitat beech forest fringes and places where regeneration to beech forest is occuring.
Common in Nelson Lakes NP and surrounding district.

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Observer

memopob

Date

October 16, 2011

Description

Originally part of the Corybas trilobum aggregate. First recognised in the South Is from this site.
Habitat is high montane to subalpine in small clearings with beech forest associations.
Typified by quite a long sub-acute projecting dorsal sepal freckled to various degrees with maroon markings, leaf is round in non flowering specimens but plants develop a shovel shaped leaf when flowering.
Originally tagged as Corybas [Nematoceras] roundleaf and first identified by Bruce Irwin at Whakapapa. Flowers Oct-Dec. Not threatened but naturally sparse.
Scale in first photo: Clip of pen 55mm long.

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Maritime Sunburst Lichen Xanthoria parietina

Observer

memopob

Date

June 4, 2017

Description

At about 400m near the highest point of Pepins Is, saxicolous.

Fungi

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What

fungi and lichens Kingdom Fungi

Observer

memopob

Date

July 10, 2017

Description

Lichen with tiny thallus to c 5mm
forming extensive colonies to 200mm across.
Corticolous on introduced sp. Linear thallus 1-2mm wide appears to be +/- foliose with prominent but sparse white rhizines. Apothecia few, tiny,[1mm across] marginal and mostly terminal, cup shaped with olive inner surface.

Not sure which family.

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What

slime molds Phylum Mycetozoa

Observer

memopob

Date

July 10, 2017

Description

Corticolous on Red Alder or similar European sp.

Series of tiny purple balls each approximately 1mm across.

Surface quite rugose. Very scarce
appearing on only one out of 50+ trees of this sp along the cycleway.
Position on tree, waist height, one colony facing morning sun, the other on south side.

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