Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Flowers of kākā beak (2nd of 2)

Flowers of kākā beak

The name kākā beak refers to the shape of the bright red flowers, which look like the beak of the kākā (a parrot). Plants can flower year-round, although peak flowering – with clusters of red blooms – is usually in spring and summer.

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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 25 June 2022)

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