21 September 2009

Ti kouka and pink ragwort, Waitotara

Ti kouka and pink ragwortNear the mouth of the Waitotara river on Sunday. Those mauve-pink flowers on the far bank are pink ragwort, Senecio glastifolius, yet another worrying invasive plant in the Taranaki-Whanganui region. The distinctive, spiky-headed trees are young ti kouka (cabbage trees, Cordyline australis).

Once we left the rough 4WD access track and dropped down to the river, the place felt old — or perhaps it was a glimpse of the future, after we've gone?

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4 comments:

the watercats said...

This is like looking at an old postcard.. really cool!... love the atmosphere too, slightly primevil.. half expect to see a dinosaur's head somewhere :-)

pohanginapete said...

Thanks Watercats :^) Who knows what might have been swimming through the drowned totara forest just a short distance downstream?

AJB said...

Saw lots of S. glastifolius at Tangimoana a couple of weekends ago. It's definitely on the move...

pohanginapete said...

That's a worry, Andrew. Guess it's a fact of life, too. :^(