Mountain horopito (Pseudowintera colorata), also known as pepper tree, stand out due to their red-coloured leaves in this view of forest on Mt Taranaki. Horopito are fast-growing and quickly colonise areas of open ground. The ones growing here are on an old slip scar. Their red leaves may be a protective measure against ultraviolet radiation.
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Photograph by Carl Walrond
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