Gaultheria antipoda (Snowberry)
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 developes 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 below taken in the Pureora forest Waikato