Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Five-finger

Five-finger

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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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Alastair McLean

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Species with juvenile and adult forms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13817/five-finger (accessed 29 June 2017)

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