Story: Shrubs and small trees of the forest
Ribbonwood (Plagianthus regius), or mānatu, grows on fertile soils in lowland forest, along river terraces and at the margins of forest. It can grow to a height of 17 metres, making it New Zealand’s tallest deciduous tree. As an adult it develops a tall trunk with wide spreading limbs, but in its juvenile form it is a small-leaved, highly-branched, slender bush. Like the lacebarks, ribbonwood has an inner layer of bark made up of net-like layers.
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Photographs by Iona Wassilieff
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