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Tuna Gulley - 40 metres from Stuart Park a new world is evolving under the Mahoe canopy.

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Quirky Kohekohe

Last month a group of us went to view a small cluster of Kohekohe in the gulley behind the sewage treatment plant.

The first feature that catches everyone's attention is that it flowers from the trunk! This behaviour is called cauliflore,  more typical of trees growing in the tropics than windy Titahi Bay!

The kohekohe does not flower every year. It flowers early winter and takes up to 15 months for the fruit to ripen. So as you can see from the two photos, one tree is laden in fruit while the neighbouring tree only has clusters of flowers sprouting from the trunk.

White Rata in Stuart Park

Around 5 plants of Metrosideros Perforata can be found on the cliffs in Stuart Park - hiding away from the goats on the cliffs.