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Gaultheria antipoda (Snowberry)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Gaultheria
Species: Gaultheria antipoda 
Common name: Snowberry, False Beech, Fools Beech, Bush Snowberry 

Gaultheria antipoda  Is an erect or spreading evergreen shrub, which grows up to 1–2 m tall. It has leathery, shiny leaves which are round and have bluntly serrated edges. Leaves are 5–15 mm long. In November it develops lots of small, white, bell-shaped flowers. These are followed by juicy white, pinkish, red berries that ripen from late summer to autumn.
Gaultheria antipoda is found in lowland to montane forest, scrub and rocky places, North Island, South Island and Stewart Island, New Zealand.

Photographed at Oparara River, Westcoast, South Island (February).
 
 
Red berries Oparara River, Westcoast, South Island (February).


Photos were below taken in the Pureora forest Waikato



The beech like leaves which give the plant its common names: False Beech, Fools Beech.

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