Story: Conifers

Mataī seed (5th of 5)

Mataī seed

Seed is produced on female trees. The seed of mataī is unlike that of most other conifers, for it is enclosed in a fleshy covering and resembles a small plum when ripe.

Using this item

University of Auckland
Photograph by John Braggins

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Conifers - Mataī and miro: the plum pines', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007