Story: Tall broadleaf trees

Defoliated kohekohe

Defoliated kohekohe

These kohekohe trees on Mt Karioi in the Waikato have been almost completely stripped of foliage by possums. Kohekohe (Dysoxylum spectabile) is a favourite food for possums, which eat the leaves, flowers and fruit, working their way down from the top of the canopy. Heavily browsed trees often die, and entire crops of seedlings can be eaten out in a season.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Tall broadleaf trees - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2021)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007