Bright flowering trees and shrubs that form an intrinsic part of our landscape such as flax (harakeke), kowhai, mistletoes, rata and tree fuchsia (kotukutuku) are bird pollinated.
Birds are attracted to the flowers and pollination occurs when they carry pollen from flower to flower as they seek nectar.
Many QEII covenants throughout New Zealand protect our bright flowering species. A few examples follow.
Above: This fuchsia forest is protected by Tim and Sue Craw’s 4ha montane forest QEII covenant on the flanks of Mt Pearce north of Akaroa. Photo: Miles Giller
Above: Flowers of the tree fuchsia Fuchsia excorticata (kotukutuku) are a food source for bellbirds, tui and silvereyes. Photo: Matt Walters
Above: Yellow mistletoe Alepis flavida growing on beech at a covenant in eastern Wairarapa. This species was thought to be extinct in this area. Photo: Robyn Smith
Above: Scarlet mistletoe Peraxilla colensoi on silver beech in the 2.8ha beech-podocarp forest open space covenant of Peter Clausen and Sue Rewcastle at Dovedale, inland Nelson. Photos: Philip Lissaman
Above: Kowhai in full bloom attract tui and bellbirds in profusion at Albert and Hazel Emmett’s 8ha forest covenant at Kawhia Harbour. Photo: Malcolm Mackenzie
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Open SpaceTM Magazine No. 72 March 2008 © QEII National Trust