This post continues three previous posts of the Otago Museum Native Garden (visited Sunday 23 July 2017). Dunedin, New Zealand.
Just along from the kauri tree (faintly visible at extreme right) is this group of three trees comprised of – from left – totara, lancewood and karaka.
Totara (Podocarpus totara). Normal green form. Totaras have hard spiky little leaves. They grow into large trees with a solid trunk. [Note 27/07/2017 : Just found this book review of Totara: A Natural and Cultural History by Philip Simpson. The review contains a lot of very interesting information about totara, taken from the book.]
Lancewood (Pseudopanex crassifolius). The juvenile and mature forms of this tree are very different. For more information and photos see the TERRAIN website.
Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus). The karaka has lovely large glossy leaves. It doesn’t naturally grow this far south. Very colourful fruits. See TERRAIN website.
Cabbage tree (Cordyline australis) and golden totara (Podocarpus totara, golden form). Another lancewood just visible in the background, behind the totara.
More information about Cabbage Tree at TERRAIN website.
More information about Golden Totara at TERRAIN website.
Words and photos by Exploring Colour (2017)