Kōrero: Shrubs and small trees of the forest

Horopito tree (1 o 2)

Horopito tree

Horopito, or mountain pepper tree (Pseudowintera colorata), is found in wet upland forests throughout many of New Zealand’s mountains. It is one of New Zealand’s most unpalatable plants, as its leaves contain a chemical that leaves a peppery taste and burning sensation when chewed. In recent years, its ground leaves have been used as a condiment in ethnic foods.

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Photograph by Maggy Wassilieff

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Joanna Orwin, 'Shrubs and small trees of the forest - Pepper trees: horopito and kawakawa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/13875/horopito-tree (accessed 31 May 2020)

He kōrero nā Joanna Orwin, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015