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Here's some photos of Nikau / Rhopalostylis Sapida (mainland variety) in habitat, in the Waioeka Gorge, New Zealand. I was there today and yesterday.

These photos were taken across two days, and two different travel directions, and with three different cameras (phone, drone and digital SLR) so there'll be a bit of crossover and mix up as well as variance in lighting and shade.

By the way - for those not familiar - Waioeka isn't the only place in NZ to see Nikau in habitat in this way, it is just a very good example of typical NZ subtropical rainforest and terrain. The palms are the quintessential mainland variety of Rhopalostylis Sapida. I do love the Chatham/Pitt variety for its vigour and slightly more dramatic appearance, but you can't beat the iconic mainland Nikau right at home in its own habitat where it looks its best. 

Here's the start of the gorge, it gets a lot more steep and rugged the further in you go until you're surrounded by steep, nikau clad cliffs.

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Very archontophoenix looking don't you think? If the crownshaft was a bit less bulbous and more elongated on these, they would easily pass for archies.

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The river is great for trout fishing but sadly I didn't have time... :-(

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I spotted this one which recently had a couple of fronds snapped off, perhaps by a falling branch or something, I thought the leaf form in the sunlight like that was absolutely awesome. 


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I badly wanted to cross the river to get some under canopy photos but couldn't face wet clothes for the long journey ahead. But finally I gave in and found a nice grove and went and got these photos. Jaw droppingly beautiful to be inside a grove like this with towering old Nikaus and their millions of offspring underneath.

As observed / mentioned before - these have a very Howea Forsteriana look when under canopy.

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awkonradi

Thank you for sharing your pictures here.

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Darold Petty

Thanks very much for posting, habitat images are the best !  :greenthumb:

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sipalms

Trying to embed a wistia video, anyone know how?

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DoomsDave

@sipalms cool pictures. Part of my yard is starting to look a little like that . . . .

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ruskinPalms

Fantastic and beautiful! Thanks for posting. 

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el-blanco

WoW!  Amazing photos and location!!!!  Thank you for posting!

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10 hours ago, DoomsDave said:

@sipalms cool pictures. Part of my yard is starting to look a little like that . . . .

Do you mean with a Nikau jungle? Pics please!

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sipalms

I made this video for y'all to enjoy...

 

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Palms Brisbane
8 hours ago, sipalms said:

I made this video for y'all to enjoy...

 

Beautiful 

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sandgroper

Absolutely stunning mate, you are a lucky man to live in such a beautiful part of the world my Kiwi friend. 

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Darold Petty

Very nice, thanks for posting.  What is the narrow foliaged plant to the left of the palm at the very end ??   Cordyline, Pandanus, or something else  ?

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3 hours ago, Darold Petty said:

Very nice, thanks for posting.  What is the narrow foliaged plant to the left of the palm at the very end ??   Cordyline, Pandanus, or something else  ?

Darold, do you mean the hanging epiphytes to the right of this photo?;

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I'm not 100% certain but I believe they are Astelia, likely Astelia Microsperma or maybe Solandri... Some other Kiwis may know for sure.

 

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Yes, the plant in the lower right corner of this image,  I will look up Astelia,  thanks

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cbmnz
On 5/7/2021 at 11:21 PM, sipalms said:

Very archontophoenix looking don't you think? If the crownshaft was a bit less bulbous and more elongated on these, they would easily pass for archies.

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Interesting how those have emerged through the canopy but have not taken on the more upright shuttlecock form.  Was that location relatively shady? 

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Yes it was quite shady, also they were at the bottom of a steep part of the gorge so wouldn't have received much direct sunlight anyhow. I thought they looked awesome.

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Kim

Just beautiful! Thanks for posting these terrific photos. I would like to get there one day, when travel is fun again.

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On 5/9/2021 at 1:48 AM, Darold Petty said:

Very nice, thanks for posting.  What is the narrow foliaged plant to the left of the palm at the very end ??   Cordyline, Pandanus, or something else  ?

 

On 5/9/2021 at 5:25 AM, sipalms said:

Darold, do you mean the hanging epiphytes to the right of this photo?;

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I'm not 100% certain but I believe they are Astelia, likely Astelia Microsperma or maybe Solandri... Some other Kiwis may know for sure.

 

@richnorm or @PalmCode or @Gary , can you shed light on this? Is the epiphyte to the right, an Astelia of some sort?

 

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PalmCode

Sorry I couldn't  tell what they are.  I'd say Richnorm is correct though. Awesome photos by the way. 

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Tyrone

Thanks for posting all of this up. This thread is gold. I loved the video too.

That's why I want to plant my place up with a few hundred sapida. Very inspiring. It made my day. :)

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19 minutes ago, Tyrone said:

Thanks for posting all of this up. This thread is gold. I loved the video too.

That's why I want to plant my place up with a few hundred sapida. Very inspiring. It made my day. :)

Thanks, Tyrone. I was starting to get worried, as you're normally the first to drool over rhopie habitat pics, thought maybe I'd done something to offend you or something :lol:

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10 minutes ago, sipalms said:

Thanks, Tyrone. I was starting to get worried, as you're normally the first to drool over rhopie habitat pics, thought maybe I'd done something to offend you or something :lol:

No!!!!!! I literally didn't notice this thread until a few minutes ago. I had a big weekend trying to fix my lawnmower on Saturday, then after fixing it, mowing everything in the rain on Sunday. I hadn't checked Palmtalk thoroughly enough.

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Kevin S

Thanks for sharing photos of the palms in habitat.

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Warwick Price
On 5/8/2021 at 1:23 AM, Darold Petty said:

Thanks very much for posting, habitat images are the best !  :greenthumb:

Hi Darold. Just did a search for Geonoma undata and your name came up. Are you plans seeding? I have one in my garden about 12 years old but is the green form. 

From warwick price 

On 5/8/2021 at 1:23 AM, Darold Petty said:

Thanks very much for posting, habitat images are the best 

 

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