Story: Native plants and animals – overview

Mountain horopito

Mountain horopito

Mountain horopito (Pseudowintera colorata), also known as pepper tree, stand out due to their red-coloured leaves in this view of forest on Mt Taranaki. Horopito are fast-growing and quickly colonise areas of open ground. The ones growing here are on an old slip scar. Their red leaves may be a protective measure against ultraviolet radiation.

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Bob Brockie, 'Native plants and animals – overview - Unusual plant features', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 October 2023)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007