Nikau Palm


Pictured amongst other New Zealand native trees is a prince among them – the striking nikau.

A stripey trunk, a crown of symmetrical fronds, ropes of berries and  a bulb of overlapping leaf bases sitting below the crown.

The old leaf bases will harden and fall to the ground in time. And even then, they are wonderful – as children, we would ride the larger tough, semi-circular shells down slopes like toboggans!

As  Aotearoa’s only endemic palm species it is something special.

(The previous post, Electric Glade, starred one of these beauties in a rather modified treatment if you want to see more)



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