Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Kākā beak – kōwhai ngutu-kākā (1st of 2)

Kākā beak – kōwhai ngutu-kākā

New Zealand’s showiest shrubs are the two species of kākā beak, Clianthus maximus, shown here, and C. puniceus. They are confined to northern New Zealand, on open hillsides and cliffs. Both are rare and threatened in nature, with less than 200 individual plants known in the wild. They are easy to grow from seed and widely grown as garden plants.

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Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Kōwhai and kākā beak', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2024)

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