Story: Southern beech forest

Red beech, Maruia valley

Red beech, Maruia valley

Red and silver beech trees fill the Maruia valley in the northern South Island. The largest trunks belong to red beeches, which reach a height of 30 metres. The forest interior is quite open, with beech saplings growing below gaps in the canopy.

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Reference: AAQA 6500 Col162
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Joanna Orwin, 'Southern beech forest - Southern beeches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007