Story: Conifer–broadleaf forests

Northern rātā

Northern rātā

Walkers are dwarfed by the trunk roots of Rātānui, the largest living northern rātā. It grows in Bushy Park Reserve, just north of Whanganui, and has a trunk diameter of 3.7 metres. Northern rātā (Metrosideros robusta) is one of the giants of lowland conifer–broadleaf forest. It usually starts life as an epiphyte on a high branch of a canopy tree. Later it sends down roots to the ground. Eventually the roots enlarge and merge into a pseudo-trunk.

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Reference: AAQA 6500 Col2183
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John Dawson, 'Conifer–broadleaf forests - Overview and features', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by John Dawson, published 24 Sep 2007