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Metrosideros kermadecensis (Kermadec Pohutukawa)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids 
Order:Myrtales 
Family:Myrtaceae
Genus:Metrosideros 
Species: M. kermadecensis 
Scientific name: Metrosideros kermadecensis
Common name: Kermadec pohutukawa

Kermadec pohutukawa (Metrosideros kermadacensis) is an evergreen dominant tree of the myrtle family which is endemic to the volcanic Kermadec Islands which are more than 1,000 kilometres north-east of New Zealand (NZ territory). It has been widely planted in mainland New Zealand, where it grows as a compact tree up to 15 metres tall with a trunk is up to 1 m or more in diameter. It has smaller, rounder leaves than New Zealand pohutukawa, and flowers sporadically through the year.

Metrosideros kermadacensis with waxyeye .Photographed from location Lat 39 3'42.378" S   Long 174 5'40.418E   Datum WGS 84