Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Male flowers of pigeonwood (1st of 2)

Male flowers of pigeonwood

Pigeonwood (Hedycarya arborea) or porokaiwhiri is a common understorey tree in conifer–broadleaf forest. For much of the year it is a rather drab plant, with its dark grey twigs and leathery green leaves. But in spring it flowers, and in summer, bright berries appear. Male and female flowers appear on separate plants. The male flowers are sweet-smelling and short-lived.

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Lookalike subcanopy trees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 February 2023)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015