Leaves (leaflets alternate)


Leaves come off in "steps" up the stem

Broome   makaka

Carmichaelia australis

 
Flattened stems and no leaves make this a quite unusual plant.  
 

Fuschia   kotukutuku

Fuschia excorticata

 
Fuschia is most easily recognised by the reddish bark. Fuschia is distinctive by its pink/papery bark Fuchsia leaves are alternate. In this bush the edges are smooth but they can be quite toothed. The pink bark shows up as this tree grows successfully on the edge of the estuary.  
 

Karaka   

Corynocarpus laevigatus

 
Karaka have the most shiny leaves in the bush; these are large and alternate with smooth edged. Karaka has a large shiny leaf  
 

Karo   

Pittosporum crassifolium

 
Karo has a thick layer of tomentum ("hair") on the back of the leaves, this gives a greyish appearance to the undersurface of the leaf.  
 

Kawakawa   pepper tree

Macropiper excelsum

 
Kawakawa have heart shaped leaves  
 

Mangaeo   

Litsea calicaris

 
The younger plants seem to show quite a distinctive vein pattern, but the older trees have leaves which are quite broad.  
 

Mapou   matipo

Myrsine australis

 
Mapou (red matipo) is an edge occurring species recognised by a reddish stem and wavey leaves  
 

Milk tree   

Paratrophis microphylla

 
The juvenile leaf of milk tree shows the typical waisted shape  
 

Puka   

Meryta sinclairii

 
Puka has huge leaves which are smooth on the under surface and have no lobes.  
 

Putaputaweta   

Carpodetus serratus

 
Putaputaweta are easily recognised by their zigzag stems (it is also found as a small tree with bark in flakey squares) Putaputaweta (also known as marble leaf) has two forms, the juvenile and the adult.  
 

Rangiora   

Brachyglottis repanda

 
Brachyglottis repanda or rangiora has the largest leaf in the reserve and this has a very pale soft back to it (bushman's toilet paper) Rangiora has the largest leaf in the forest (apart from the puka which is well away from the track) and this has a soft backing of grey tomentum. It is commonly called "Bushman's toilet paper"  
 

Rewarewa   

Knightia excelsa

 
Rewarewa have leaves which are quite stiff and strongly serrated. There are always long serrated leaves under these trees. Rewarewa distinctive by the long serrated leaves Rewarewa distinctive by the long serrated leaves  
 

Taraire   

Beilschmiedia tarairi

 
Taraire are tall growing, straight trunked trees; foliage is hard to see. The leaves are thickish, quite rounded and crinkle underfoot on the ground.  
 

Tawa   

Beilschmiedia tawa

 
Tawa in this bush are not a dominant tree but grow in ones and twos. They are most easily recognised by their shiny lime green coloured leaves. As yet I have not seen tawa fruit on the ground. Tawa leaves are a lighter yellow-green with the new shoots being a more rusty colour  
 

Whiteywood   mahoe

Melicytus ramiflorus

 
Whitey wood (Mahoe) grows readily in the regenerating forest. Look for paper thin leaf skeletons on the ground.