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 nectar.
It was called New Zealand honeysuckle by early European settlers but the name has fallen into disuse in preference for the Māori name. Rewarewa flowers are a great source for honey production.