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Iced leaves (1st of 3)

Iced leaves

These mountain beech leaves on Mt Ruapehu are covered in ice. On most New Zealand woody flowering plants, new buds have no protection or only partial protection from freezing. Southern beech trees have many overlapping bud scales which help protect the young leaves. This adaptation allows the trees to grow in cooler upland environments such as Mt Ruapehu.

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Matt McGlone, 'Ecoregions - Central volcanic plateau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12570/iced-leaves (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Matt McGlone, published 24 Sep 2007