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Mountain neinei, Mt Arthur

Mountain neinei, Mt Arthur

These small trees are found near the treeline in north-west Nelson and on wet mountains of the northern North Island. Mountain neinei (Dracophyllum traversii) have tufts of long, often red-tinged, leaves at the ends of spreading branches. They are in the genus Dracophyllum, which contains 27 native species, many of which are hard to distinguish. Mountain neinei is the longest-living of New Zealand’s small indigenous trees, with individuals recorded at between 500 and 600 years old.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Climate and environment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015