Friday, July 5, 2013

The mysterious tree

Some weeks ago I found a very spectacular flowering tree in Mahón. Just beside the power station, in the harbour. 

I thoght it was a Erythrina coralloide, an original specimen from South America and México, but une of our most appreciated guests Mr. John Maycock, from Brakenwood Plant Centre, near Bristol, has proved me I was wrong.

The Pōhutukawa (Metrosideros excelsais a coastal evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, that produces a brilliant display of red flowers made up of a mass of stamens. The Pōhutukawa is one of twelve Metrosideros species endemic to New Zealand. Renowned for its vibrant colour and its ability to survive even perched on rocky, precarious cliffs, it has found an important place in New Zealand culture for its strength and beauty and is regarded as a chiefly tree (rākau rangatira) by Māori

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