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Alpine Plants of New Zealand
ISBN 0 7900 0525 5
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- An erect shrub or
small tree up to 11 m tall, but usually about 1-1.5 m in the alpine
zone. Bark dark grey to blackish. Branches slender, ringed with
the scars of fallen leaves.
- Leaves: Crowded
towards the tips of the branchless, 7.5-25 cm long by 3-7 mm wide,
tapering to a drawn-out, pointed tip.
In clusters on short branchless just below the tufts of leaves;
white, tubular, 7-8 mm long.
- North, South and Stewart
Islands in coastal to low alpine regions from about East Cape
southwards. Sea level to 1200 metres.
- Quite widespread in
most mountain regions, but much commoner in the higher rainfall
regions of the South and Stewart Islands. Occurs in open forests
and near the tree-line, and is often an important part of subalpine
scrub and, sometimes, in mixed snow tussock-scrub.