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Dracophyllum arboreum (Chatham Island grass tree)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Dracophyllum
Species: D. arboretum
Binominal name: Dracophyllum arboreum
Synonyms: Dracophyllum latifolium var. ciliolatum, Dracophyllum scoparium var. major
Common names: Chatham Island grass tree, tarahinau

Dracophyllum arboreum is a distinctive dracophyllum with a tree habit (growing up to 18 m tall). It is endemic to Chatham Islands (Rekohu (Chatham), Rangiuria (Pitt ) and Rangatira (South East) Islands). 
Although it is dicotyledonous, they resemble primitive monocots having slender leaves concentrated in clumps at the ends of the branches, giving them the common name grass-trees.

The tree has a distinct juvenile phase with leaves that are broad. The older trees develop leaves that are narrow, this makes them wind-resistant.
Mature tree develop spikes of white flowers all year round.

For more details of this tree visit:
http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=469

Adult trees

The juvenile stage.


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