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The Nikau Palm are everywhere along the Mokau river bank.  Our cruses will take you passed some of the most beautiful samples of the trees in New Zealand.  The flowers at the base of the bulb change colour depending on the stage of growth.  We talk about these tree alot on the vorage and these threes have lost of history with the local Maori    Here just a few photos of them.

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Please visit the Gallery for more photos   http://www.mokauriver.co.nz/gallery2

 

Here some informations aboutNikau parms from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikau

 

The Nikau is the only palm species native to mainland New Zealand. Its natural range is coastal and lowland forest on the North Island, and on the South Island as far south as Okarito (43°20′S) in the west and Banks Peninsula (43°5′S) in the east. It also occurs on Chatham Island and Pitt Island/Rangiauria to the south-east of New Zealand, where it is the world's southernmost palm at 44° 18'S latitude. Nīkau is a Māori word; in related Polynesian languages of the tropical Pacific, it refers to the fronds or the midrib of the coconut palm.

The Nikau grows up to 15 m tall, with a stout green trunk which bears grey-green leaf scars. The trunk is topped by a smooth bulging crownshaft up to 1m long. The fronds are up to 3m long, and the closely-set, sometimes overlapping leaflets are up to 1 m long. The inflorence is multi-branched and from 200 to 400 mm long. The tightly packed flowers are unisexual and coloured lilac to pink. Male flowers are borne in pairs, and have 6 stamens. The female flowers are solitary. The fruit is elliptic or oblong, and generally measures about 10 by 7 mm, and is red when ripe. The Nikau produces flowers between November and April, and fruits ripen from February to November, taking almost a year to fully ripen. These are a favorite food of the Kererū, the native wood pigeon.