Five-finger (Pseudopanax arboreus), or whauwhaupaku, is one of the most common trees in New Zealand. It is fast-growing and often found in regenerating forest. Its leaves consist of five to seven leaflets, arranged like fingers around a central stalk (this is known as a palmate arrangement). The leaflets are toothed and leathery. In winter five-finger produces clusters of purple flowers at the tips of its branches. Purple-black berries ripen in summer.
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