Story: Conifers

Mataī and kahikatea foliage

Mataī and kahikatea foliage

The adult mataī (top) has needle-like foliage. Kahikatea (bottom) has tiny, flat leaves on young plants and scale-like leaves on adult branches. Both leaf forms can be seen on this branch from a juvenile kahikatea tree.

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Reference: 10049483 (top); 10049532 (bottom)

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Conifers - What are conifers?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007