Today’s photo of the week is the impressive view from Mount Allen in the Tin Range, a remote mountain range on Stewart Island/Rakiura.
Mount Allen lies within Rakiura National Park and is the second-highest peak on on Stewart Island rising to a height of 750 metres.
Department of Conservation botanists recently discovered a rare native buttercup growing on the side of Mount Allen.
Approximately 50 Mount Allen buttercup (Ranunculus viridis) plants were found within the inhospitable and often cloud-covered, rocky landscape.
Stewart Island is a hotspot for endemic plants with at least 28 native plants, many of them alpine species, found there.
Photo: Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls
Good memories of SI! Will be going back there one day:))
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Been a long time since I was at Stewart Island – think a trip may be due there this winter. Beautiful part of our country.