Story: Evolution of plants and animals

Tree fuchsia

Tree fuchsia

The tree fuchsia or kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata) is the largest fuchsia in the world and one of a handful of deciduous native trees. Most New Zealand trees are evergreen. They have evolved to live in a climate that is neither strongly seasonal nor extreme.

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Matt McGlone, 'Evolution of plants and animals - Plants in a mild climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Matt McGlone, published 24 Sep 2007