Kāmahi (Weinmannia racemosa) is one of New Zealand’s most common trees, especially in upland forests. It often grows in the beech forest’s subcanopy. If beech fails to regenerate immediately after the destruction of beech forest, other species such as kānuka, mānuka and bracken may start the succession back to forest. In such cases kāmahi forest usually develops – this species regenerates well in the shade of other trees, unlike beech. The inset shows kāmahi foliage and its red-brown seed capsules.
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Reference: 10049940; 10060724 (inset)
Photograph by B. Smith
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