Rewarewa (Knightia excelsa)
Rewarewa is found through out the North Island and in the northeast tip of the South Island of New Zealand,mostly in lowland Forests.
It forms a tree up to 30 metres tallwith a trunk up to 1 metre or more in diameter.
The bark is smooth.
The alternate leaves are thick and stiff with coarse pointed teeth,10-15 cm long x 2.4-4 cm wide.
The flowers are in dense clusters ,each with 4 red furry petals that coil into tight spirals.
The fruit is dry and somewhat woody and the seeds are not released until a year later.
The flowers are visited by Tuis and bellbirds for their nectar.
Knightia, restricted to New Zealand, has one species.