Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest



Māpou (Myrsine australis), also known as matipo, is found throughout New Zealand as an understorey tree in lowland and upland forest. It is a hardy plant and can grow in the canopy of second-growth scrub. Māpou is easily recognised by its light green wavy leaves and red branches.

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Lookalike subcanopy trees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

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