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3 10, 2018

Northern Rata

By |2019-02-26T20:03:52+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment, flowers, News, Walks|0 Comments

The Northern Rata (Metrosideros robusta) is one of the native trees we see on our guided walks through Puketi Forest. The Northern rata tree can grow up to 30 metres tall with a massive trunk of up to 2 metres or more in diameter. Northern rata requires plenty of light and it usually begins life as an epiphyte (a perching plant), high in the canopy of a suitable host tree. However it can also grow from the ground. If established as an epiphyte, the trunk is not a true stem but is comprised of a number of fused roots. The epiphyte sends down roots which grow a supporting [...]

5 08, 2018

Flowers in the Forest

By |2019-02-26T19:58:24+00:00August 5th, 2018|Eco Tours.Conservation, Environment, flowers|0 Comments

Rewarewa (Knightia excelsa) 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 with a smooth bark. 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 isited by Tuis and bellbirds for their [...]

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