Brilliant Yellow Kowhai Flowers Kick-Start Spring

September 20, 2016

"Kowhai" is the Maori word for "yellow.

“Kowhai” is the Maori word for “yellow.

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Hi! It’s Little Truff again.

A surge of yellow can been seen in the bush and the gardens of suburbia as I went walking with my family this weekend. Kowhai trees are in full bloom, kick-starting spring with brilliant golden flowers drooping from their branches. Foliage buds soon follow, a fave food of the beautiful kereru, New Zealand’s largest native bird.

A shower of golden kowhai flowers.

A shower of golden kowhai flowers.

“Wow! Aren’t the flowers gorgeous,” Leila said.

“An inspiration for Kiwi art work,” her mum added with a smile.

“And the bark has a medicinal use,” stated Pop, pointing to the slender, grey tree trunk. “Maori uses it in a poultice for wounds, or rubs an infusion on to relieve muscular pain.”

“Really handy if you get lost in the bush,” David joked, grinning at his grandfather.

I think he was reminding Pop of his promise to walk the Waitakere Ranges’ Hillary Track this summer.

Decorative lengths of seeds hang from this kowhai tree

Decorative lengths of seeds hang from this kowhai tree