Pseudopanax arboreus (Five finger)
Species: P. arboreus
Scientific name: Pseudopanax arboreus
Synonyms: Nothopanax arboreus ; Neopanax arboreus ; Panax arboreus ; Panax arboreum
Common name: Whauwhaupaku, Five finger,
This plant is poisonous
This is one of New Zealand’s most common native trees found from Cape Reinga to Bluff in lowland forests. Its particular form of a glossy, five to seven fingered leaf along with quick and luxuriant growth. It grows into a small stout tree up to 8 metres high and grows well in most soils and situations.
It has large leaves divided into 5-7 leaflets. Pseudopanax arboreus is fast growing with small purplish black berries in autumn.The leaves are a favourite food of the possum New Zealand's main forest pest.
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The inflorescence of dark purple flower buds.
Male flower buds opening.
Open male flowers with long stamens that release pollen.
The stalks of a inflorescence.
Female tree with large clusters of ripe purplish-black fruit. Notice the leaf scars on the branches.
Top surface of a leaf.22cm long
The underside of a leaf.
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