Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is a common understorey shrub that grows in North Island lowland forest, and coastal forest in the top half of the South Island. It has distinctive heart-shaped leaves, usually riddled with caterpillar holes. Its clusters of berries ripen to a bright orange.
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Photograph by Dick Veitch
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