Te Ikaamaru Bay and Ohau Bay are on Terawhiti Station, but access by road and 4WD track is through Meridian Energy's wind farm of 62 giant turbines.
Much of Terawhiti Station is returning to forest, and the intermediate stages are dominated by mostly native shrubs: manuka (Leptospermum scoparium), tauhinu (Ozothamnus leptophyllus), Olearia solandri, coprosmas, and small pockets of introduced gorse and Darwin's barberry. Pale yellow native clematis was prominent among the scrub. Goats are common, and the understory commonly features the giant nettle ongaonga (Urtica ferox).
|Te Ikaamaru Bay|
Like many native forget-me-nots, it's rare, though it's easy to see why it's often overlooked, so it might be more common than we think. We had records of it growing in both bays, on coastal turf of Selliera radicans and Leptinella dioica. And that's just where we found it, wherever the soil was a bit peaty.
|Myosotis brevis, the flower is about 1 mm across.|
On the cliffs at the headland, we found some Peperomia urvilleana. This tiny pepper relative makes a good indoor plant, but here it thrives in the open, exposed to salt spray.
|Oystercatchers among cape weed, Arctotheca calendula.|
There were plenty of other native small-flowered plants, like Limosella lineata...
|Mercury Bay weed, Dichondra repens|
|Ohau Bay. Coastal turf along the tops of the low cliffs.|
|Pearlwort, Sagina apetala. That's an open capsule, not a flower|
|Sand spurrey, Spergularia rubra|
|Field madder, Sherardia arvensis|