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Mount Cook buttercup (Ranunculus lyallii)
It is the world’s largest buttercup. It can grow over a metre tall with leaves larger than the size of your hand. Some leaves have been recorded as big as 40cm across. The cup-like leaves will often hold water after a rainfall and trampers sometimes stop to slurp a drink from them.
Taken 22 January 2019, 16:27hrs DMC-GX85, f/6.3, 1/1600sec, 400mm, ISO-400
Narcissus is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants of the Amaryllidaceae family. Various common names including daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus and jonquil are used to describe all or some members of the genus.
Pinks (Dianthus species) are a group of about 300 flowering plants. Most of them are perennial while a few are annual or biennial. Pinks are native to Europe, Asia, and in one case, North America. They grow in all these places as well as parts of Africa.
Fly my Pretty
African Cape Daisy. Osteospermum "Whirligig Pink'
Dandelion Clock 2
Dandelion Clock 2
Dandelion Clock 3
The number of puffs needed to blow the filamentous achenes from a dandelion is supposed to tell the time. Bone Health: Dandelions are rich in calcium, which is essential for the growth and strength of bones, and they are rich in antioxidants like vitamin-C and Luteolin, which protect bones from age-related damage. This inevitable damage is often due to free radicals, and is frequently seen as bone frailty, weakness, and decreased density. Liver Disorders: Dandelions can help the liver in many ways. While the antioxidants like vitamin-C and Luteolin keep the liver functioning in optimal gear and protect it from aging, other compounds in dandelions help treat hemorrhaging in the liver. Furthermore, dandelions aid in maintaining the proper flow of bile, while also stimulating the liver and promoting digestion. Proper digestion can reduce the chances of constipation, which in turn reduces the risk of more serious gastrointestinal issues. Diabetes: Dandelion juice can help diabetic patients by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas, thereby keeping the blood sugar level low. Since dandelions are diuretic in nature, they increase urination in diabetic patients, which helps remove the excess sugar from the body. Diabetics are also prone to renal problems, so the diuretic properties of dandelion can help removing the sugar deposition in the kidneys through increased urination. Furthermore, dandelion juice is slightly bitter to taste, which effectively lowers the sugar level in the blood, as all bitter substances do. Consistently lower blood sugar and a more regulated system of insulin release prevents dangerous spikes and plunges for diabetic patients, so dandelion extracts can be a perfect solution! Urinary Disorders: Dandelions are highly diuretic in nature, so they help eliminate deposits of toxic substances in the kidneys and the urinary tract. The disinfectant properties of dandelions also inhibit microbial growth in the urinary system. In fact, the diuretic properties of dandelions are so strong that in France, the flower is also called “pissenlit” which means “urinate in bed”. Skin Care: Dandelion sap, also known as dandelion milk, is useful in treating skin diseases which are caused by microbial and fungal infections. This treatment stems from the fact that the sap is highly alkaline and has germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties. You should be careful while using this sap, and avoid any contact with the eyes. This sap can be used on itches, ringworm, eczema, and other skin conditions without the risk of side effects or hormonal disturbances commonly caused by pharmaceutical skin treatments. Reference: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-dandelion.html
Metrosideros umbellata, the southern rātā, is a tree endemic to New Zealand. It grows up to 15 metres or more tall with a trunk up to 1 metre or more in diameter. It produces masses of red flowers in summer. Unlike its relative, northern rātā, this species rarely grows as an epiphyte.
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