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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 11 (June 1, 1930)

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The Otira Gorge was a picture of glory last month, with the rata trees in full flower for miles along the mountain sides. So, too, were other parts of the great alpine range on the western side, such as the steep slopes around the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. This summer seems to have been a period of exceptionally rich blossom for the rata and its northern cousin the pohutukawa. Close observers of Nature in the north have noted cycles in the flowering of the pohutukawa, the cabbage tree and the flax plant. The “Christmas tree” and the flax flower with exceptional luxuriance every three years; the cabbage tree, as a rule, flowers only every third year.

The pohutukawa has been particularly rich in blossom this summer all along the shores of the Hauraki and on the beautiful islands.