Xanthospermous – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

X is for xanthospermous . . .  meaning having yellow seeds.

Kowhai - the unofficial flower of New Zealand has yellow seeds

Kowhai – the unofficial flower of New Zealand has yellow seeds

Kowhai - the unofficial flower of New Zealand is a Xanthospermous as it has yellow seeds

While it looks similar, this is not Kowhai, but in fact it is an Angels Trumpet plant/tree which is actually highly toxic/poisonous. It comes in various colours. Big thanks to Jade Cross for pointing this out.

Practical Information: 

  • Kowhai is often considered to be the national flower of New Zealand, although officially, the country doesn’t have a national flower.
  • It is not uncommon in summer to see Tui drunk in the trees (or falling out) after drinking the Kowhai nectar.
  • There are eight species of Kowhai in New Zealand. They are in fact, xanthospermous, meaning they have yellow seeds.


Posted for the AtoZ challenge 2016.

A to Z Challenge 2016

I am proud to be one of Alex J. Cavanaugh’s A to Z ninja minions this year.

Have you seen Kowhai before today? Had you heard the word xanthospermous? Do you know any other flowers with yellow seeds?

This post is linked at Wednesdays Around the World at Photographing New Zealand, and Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer.

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  1. says

    Out blog hopping from NC before the #Challenge is over. This is my first visit. Love what I have found. While you have been busy, I have been writing about hotels and inns, the architecture and architects, the significant settings they are in. If you have time or interest, it’s not too late to come visit. I’ll be back.

  2. stefanie says

    I believe your nephew would like the word Xanthospermous – but then he would say it isn’t quite long enough!

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