Story: Conifer–broadleaf forests



Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is a common understorey shrub that grows in North Island lowland forest, and coastal forest in the top half of the South Island. It has distinctive heart-shaped leaves, usually riddled with caterpillar holes. Its clusters of berries ripen to a bright orange.

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John Dawson, 'Conifer–broadleaf forests - Coastal forest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2021)

Story by John Dawson, published 24 Sep 2007