The Kowhai New Zealand's National Flower

Written by Alan Jolliffe

If there is one flowering plant that New Zealanders call their National Flower it isrepparttar Kowhai. It grows naturally throughoutrepparttar 110110 dryer areas of New Zealand and because it is so popular it is planted in almost every garden.

There are however 2 main species of Kowhai. Sophora tetraptera, North Island Kowhai and Sophora microphylla, South Island Kowhai. Where these plant grow side by side inrepparttar 110111 wild natural hybrids also exist. Many hybrids have occurred in gardens as well. Additionally there are 2 naturally occurring varieties of S. micropyhlla and numerous forms, some of which have been named.

The North Island Kowhai, Sophora tetraptera isrepparttar 110112 easiest to grow and fastest to flower when grown from seed. It is probablyrepparttar 110113 most commonly available inrepparttar 110114 Nursery industry.

As a garden plantrepparttar 110115 North Island Kowhai is excellent. With its fast upright growth it is ready to flower in 3-5 years. It does not go through allrepparttar 110116 twiggy juvenile stages of other Kowhais. It is easy to grow and will succeed in almost all garden situations. It will reach a height of 4-6m with a trunk diameter of 30-60cm.

Inrepparttar 110117 wild S. tetraptera grows naturally along forest margins, in lowlands and hill country and alongside streams. Its natural altitude range is from sea level to 450 metres.

Often described as an evergreen tree it losses all its leaves for a very short period each year. In spring allrepparttar 110118 old leaves drop off asrepparttar 110119 new leaf buds break and develop into new branchlets. Allrepparttar 110120 old leaves are replaced to provide a fresh green look. The leaves are divided alongrepparttar 110121 mid rib into a number of leaflets. Each leaflet is oval shaped 25-30mm long and 5-7mm wide. It creates a feathery look. The new young branchlets and young foliage covered with dense silky hairs which are smooth to touch.

The most distinctive feature is its flower. Each springrepparttar 110122 large bright yellow flowers appear in pendulous clusters of 5-7 on naked branches. These showy clusters appear in great profusion. Individual flowers are up to 6cm long andrepparttar 110123 colour is a golden sulphur yellow. The calyx, which holdsrepparttar 110124 petals in place, is a yellowish/green colour that adds further colour torepparttar 110125 flowers.

Tuis and bellbirds love these flowers and visit them to drinkrepparttar 110126 sweet nectar. Unfortunately these birds, in their haste, tearrepparttar 110127 flowers to pieces.

Recycling Cell Phones

Written by Sharon Housley

Recycle Cell Phones Technological advancements providing users with improved reception through integrated antenna systems, reduced size and weight of cell phones, along with numerous feature sets, and storage improvements have causedrepparttar bulk of cellular phone users and enthusiasts to upgrade to new and improved handsets. The low cost of cell phones andrepparttar 110109 added technological improvements mean thatrepparttar 110110 majority of cellular phone users are on their 2nd or 3rd generation hand set.

Environmental Concerns What many don't realize is that in many cases,repparttar 110111 materials used to construct cell phones are toxic. Toxic elements found in many of today's cell phones can include arsenic, in semi-conductors and lead inrepparttar 110112 solder material. Whilerepparttar 110113 materials in a single phone are minimal considerrepparttar 110114 number of discarded cell phones inrepparttar 110115 relatively short timerepparttar 110116 technology has been available. The placement of these devices in landfills will cause long lasting damage and harm torepparttar 110117 environment.

Recycling aged wireless equipment is a sensible alternative. Valuable materials can be recovered from used wireless devices in a number of different ways. In some cases, certain components may be separated by manual or simple mechanical means. The components can often be reused or melted down for alternative uses.

Cell Phone Disposal - What Options Exist? Cell Phone Disposal - What Options Exist? The cell phone industry, understanding concerns related torepparttar 110118 disposal of cell phones and PDAs have created alternatives to both refurbish and recyclerepparttar 110119 materials in older style cellular phones.

Wireless Recycling - - ReCellular Inc. isrepparttar 110120 largest recycler and reseller of used wireless phones and accessories inrepparttar 110121 wireless industry. A pioneer in charitable recycling arrangements, ReCellular has well-established partnerships with Easter Seals,repparttar 110122 March of Dimes, and National Organization on Disability, Goodwill Industries, and The Body Shop. In addition, over 2,000 grassroots organizations from Boy Scout troops to religious organizations aroundrepparttar 110123 country work to collect wireless phones to support their philanthropic efforts. Charities can raise funds by increasing community awareness and acting as a wireless collection center.

Wireless Foundation - - Wireless Foundation refurbishes and provides cell phones to victims of domestic violence so that they can be used inrepparttar 110124 event of an emergency. The Call To Protect campaign also collects wireless phones to benefit victims of domestic violence. Proceeds fromrepparttar 110125 sale of phones help fund agencies that fight domestic violence and are used to support educational efforts ofrepparttar 110126 Wireless Foundation. Other phones are refurbished and become lifelines for domestic violence victims when faced with an emergency situation.

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