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Corokia macrocarpa (Chatham Is Korokio)

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Argophyllaceae
Genus: Corokia
Species: C. macrocarpa
Botanical name: Corokia macrocarpa
Common names: Chatham Is Korokio, Hokataka, Whakataka

Corokia macrocarpa is a small dense shrub (>2 metres) endemic to Kaiangaroa area in the Chatham Islands. Its habitat is dry places in forests and forest margins, up to 400 masl.
It develops yellow star-shaped flowers with an orange centre in spring and these are followed by yellow berries during autumn.
The leaves (>80 mm long by >35 mm wide) are thick and leathery with deep green upper surface and have undersides that are covered with a white tomentum.
Now sold in specialised native nurseries.

Photographed at Otari Wilton Bush Reserve, Wellington.
 



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