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Rātā forest, Auckland Island

Rātā forest, Auckland Island

Beaten by the constant winds, the rātā forests which line the shores of the Auckland Islands form a contorted network of branches below and a compact canopy above. The southern rātā trees (Metrosideros umbellata) are rarely more than 20 metres in height. They are found up to an altitude of about 50 metres above sea level.

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Jock Phillips, 'Subantarctic islands - Land and plants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 October 2021)

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