The large, bumpy leaves of taraire (Beilschmiedia tarairi), one of northern New Zealand’s forest trees, are quite unlike those of any other native plant. They are covered in reddish-brown hairs when young, but lose most of this as they mature. Older leaves are shiny dark green above and dull blue-green below, with red-brown hairs along the underside veins. Taraire’s olive-shaped purple fruits are held upright near the tips of its branches. The fruits ripen in winter, and are eaten by kererū (native pigeons), which distribute the seed.
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