Myrsine australis


An attractive species mapou forms the dominant species in the patches of bush on the boundary between pasture and coastal forest and along the shore edges. The mapou form stands of trees 8-10 metres high. These stands of kowhai provide an area where ponga are frequent too. The mapou is recognised by its red stem and wavy leaf edge as seen in the photograph. The flowers are small, but significant in number. The seeds which follow are small too. Close to the shore the mapou are found with the putaputaweta.
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