Story: Conifers

Tānekaha phylloclades and pollen cones

Tānekaha phylloclades and pollen cones

Tānekaha and toatoa belong to a group of conifers known as celery pines. Instead of leaves, part of their stem is flattened into structures (phylloclades) that resemble celery leaves. These carry out photosynthesis. Tānekaha is a medium-sized tree of lowland forest. Each spring it forms clusters of pollen cones at the tips of its branches.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Conifers - Celery pines', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12685/tanekaha-phylloclades-and-pollen-cones (accessed 27 February 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007