Story: Shrublands

Leaves held within the plant (3rd of 4)

Leaves held within the plant

Divaricating shrubs such as Coprosma areolata hold many small leaves in the centre of their branching framework. The twiggy ends of the branches protect these leaves from herbivores. They are also better insulated from cold winds and sun than the exposed leaves on the exterior of the bush.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Shrublands - New Zealand’s shrublands and scrub', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14521/leaves-held-within-the-plant (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007