On a silver dollar gum, hundreds of caterpillars on hundreds of leaves.
Growing under totara trees. What is it?
Ornate Wobbegong at Kelly Tarltons
Longsnout Seahorse at Kelly Tarltons
Big Belly Seahorse at Kelly Tarltons
Giant Kokopu at Kelly Tarlrtons
Pied Oystercatchers at St Heliers Beach
Ova carried by the crustacean
Common in colonies of 3-8 in lawn. Thallus 40 mm tall, cap 20-28 mm diameter, conical, upper surface pinkish brown with darker brown centre and striations running from centre to cap apex; underside with whitish wavy gills; stalk gracile, pinkish brown, 3-5 mm diameter, tapering from base to apex. A species of Mycena or Entoloma?
Saprophytic on freshly deposited bark mulch. Thallus orange, 10-20 mm tall, cap 15-20 mm diameter, weakly domed, above darker orange with pale orange striations radiating out from centre, margin of cap finely crenulate (almost appearing spinose), gills pale orange; stipe 2.5-3.2 mm diameter, delicate, crushing readily with no evident change in colour (beyond a slight darkening) on bruising
Keratella falculata carrying an ovum
Self sown from past plantings and thriving. Growing amongst basalt rocks and scoriaceous gravels near pond. Plants just starting to flower. Apologies for poor quality images.
Naturalising under totara (Podocarpus totara var. totara) trees from bird dispersed fruit deriving from nearby 'Gondwana Aboretum' where fruiting adult trees are present.
Parasitic on Plagianthus divaricatus and Coprosma propinqua var. propinqua. Specimens arisen from seed planted onto hosts from Miranda where a small roadside population persists on Coprosma propinqua var. propinqua. Although an abundant mistletoe throughout large parts of New Zealand, Ileostylus is now scarce in the Auckland Region.
Locally common tre in totara (Podocarpus totara var. totara) dominated forest remnant.
Abundant tree of riparian forest remnant.
Single mature tree growing with rimu (Dacrydium cupressinum), totara (Podocarpus totara var. totara), Kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides) and taraire (Beilschmiedia tarairi) on margin of forest near stream. Estimated height 20 m, trunk c.0.8 m. d.b.h.; bark detaching in long tabular flakes, these more or less coriaceous, sporting sparse Dirinaria applantaa, Physcia caesia and Heterodermia speciosa. Fallen young branchlets densely (and visibly) invested in long, antrorse, silky hairs; leaves oblanceolate, margins with broken weft of hairs running up to but not meeting leaf apex.
Both the tiny flowers and dark fruit visible in the photo