Putaputaweta

Carpodetus serratus


This small tree's name, "put-a-put-a-wet-a" has a lovely sound to it, and when the zigzag nature of the stem is shown to students as the name is slowly pronounced the name is remembered. This plant changes appearance as it matures, the adult leaves being larger and more "green" and becoming marbled. The white flowers in spring make an attractive display and the berries are an interesting shape appearing to be like two hemispheres put together.
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