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NZ Poroporo flower (Solanum laciniatum), NZ native plant flowering, New Zealand (NZ).

NZ Poroporo flower (Solanum laciniatum), NZ native plant flowering, New Zealand (NZ) stock photo. Quality New Zealand images by well known photographer Rob Suisted, Nature's Pic Images.

Male flowers of pigeonwood Pigeonwood (Hedycarya arborea) or porokaiwhiri is a common understorey tree in conifer–broadleaf forest. For much of the year it is a rather drab plant, with its dark grey twigs and leathery green leaves. But in spring it flowers, and in summer, bright berries appear. Male and female flowers appear on separate plants. The male flowers are sweet-smelling and short-lived.

Male flowers of pigeonwood – Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Elatostema rugosum  parataniwha, New Zealand Begonia    A stunning NZ native herbaceous perennial.

Elatostema rugosum parataniwha, New Zealand Begonia A stunning NZ native herbaceous perennial.

Pigeonwood fruit In summer, pigeonwood bears bright orange-red berries. These are readily eaten by native birds, especially the native wood pigeon.

Pigeonwood fruit – Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Kaikōmako fruit During winter months, the purple-black fruit of kaikōmako is an important food for forest birds such as whiteheads and bellbirds.

Kaikōmako fruit During winter months, the purple-black fruit of kaikōmako is an important food for forest birds such as whiteheads and bellbirds.

Juvenile kaikōmako Found throughout lowland forest, kaikōmako (Pennantia corymbosa) is another tree that passes through a juvenile phase with small leaves and dense interlacing twigs. Adult leaves are coarsely toothed. Kaikōmako’s wood is hard and was used by Māori as fire-sticks.

Juvenile kaikōmako – Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Haumakōroa Another small tree with distinct juvenile and adult forms, haumakōroa (Raukaua simplex, formerly Pseudopanax simplex) grows in moist forest throughout most of New Zealand, including the subantarctic Auckland Islands. Juvenile plants have leaves with three to five deeply lobed leaflets. Adult trees have simple leaves, consisting of a long stalk and undivided leaf blade.

Haumakōroa – Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Narrow-leaved lacebarkNarrow-leaved lacebark (Hoheria angustifolia) is a slender tree with light green, weeping foliage. It is most commonly found on the eastern side of the main mountain ranges. It has a twiggy, small-leaved juvenile phase which lasts until the plant is about two metres high. Its adult leaves are narrow and coarsely toothed. It flowers prolifically in late summer, producing a mass of white, starry flowers.

Narrow-leaved lacebark – Shrubs and small trees of the forest

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