Kowhai

Sophora microphylla


Kowhai in the Mangemangeroa is spread along the coast line and juveniles are appearing throughout the forest. In September these trees make a magnificent showing of yellow and provide food for a number of tui. These trees flower before the leaves appear in the spring. At this stage they still maintain their seed pods from last years reproductive cycle. There are a couple of ancient kowhai whose trunks provide a habitat for a number of plant species including the lichens.There is more than one species of kowhai and these are identified by their flower shape and juvenile forms.
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