A distinctive feature of pukatea (Laurelia novae-zelandiae) is its plank buttresses. These narrow growths – common among tropical trees – spread out from the bottom of its trunk and provide support for the tree in swampy ground. Pukatea has dark green, toothed leaves, arranged in opposite pairs on angled twigs.
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Photographs by Maggy Wassilieff; Jeremy Rolfe (inset)
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