Greyish-brown kauri bark has a hammer-mark texture. A mature tree continuously sheds its outer bark in large scales to prevent climbing or perching plants from gaining a permanent hold. Kauri gum is oozing from the horizontal cracks in this bark – it is the tree’s way of sealing damaged surfaces.
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Photograph by Jock Phillips
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