Kōrero: Conifer–broadleaf forests

Kahikatea and rimu foliage (2 o 2)

Kahikatea and rimu foliage

Rimu foliage and seeds (top) are a little different from those of kahikatea (bottom): rimu carries its seeds on upturned branchlets.

Rimu and kahikatea are massive conifer trees, widely distributed throughout New Zealand. Both belong to the podocarp family (Podocarpaceae) and bear single seeds at the tips of branchlets. As the seed ripens, the leaves next to it swell up, forming a juicy support known as a receptacle.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10048396 (top); 10054778 (bottom)
Photographs by Don Merton (top); R. Walker (bottom)

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

John Dawson, 'Conifer–broadleaf forests - Forests of northern New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/11662/kahikatea-and-rimu-foliage (accessed 8 December 2021)

He kōrero nā John Dawson, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007