Story: Tall broadleaf trees

Seed capsules of pōhutukawa (4th of 5)

Seed capsules of pōhutukawa

After fertilisation, pōhutukawa flowers form dry seed capsules. These split open in autumn, each releasing hundreds of tiny reddish-brown seeds. Immature green capsules are at top left, with partially and fully opened capsules below.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Tall broadleaf trees - Pōhutukawa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007