Ribbonwood (Plagianthus regius), or mānatu, grows on fertile soils in lowland forest, along river terraces and at the margins of forest. It can grow to a height of 17 metres, making it New Zealand’s tallest deciduous tree. As an adult it develops a tall trunk with wide spreading limbs, but in its juvenile form it is a small-leaved, highly-branched, slender bush. Like the lacebarks, ribbonwood has an inner layer of bark made up of net-like layers.
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Photographs by Iona Wassilieff
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