Pseudopanax colensoi var. ternatus (Three-finger)
Species: P. var. ternatus
Binominal name: Pseudopanax colensoi var. ternatus
Synonyms: Neopanax colensoi, Nothopanax colensoi
Common names: Three-finger, Orihou,
Pseudopanax colensoi var. ternatus is small native multi-branched tree that grows into a large shrub or small round-crowned tree (3-8m m).
It has leathery, compound usually 3-foliate leaves arranged fanwise on a long petiole.
The flowers (October-March) are yellowish and its inflorescence is a terminal umbel, similar to five-finger (Pseudopanax arboreus).
Fruiting occurs October-March.
It is endemic to the South Island growing in cool moist forests and shrublands in the damper regions. It is usually found at 50m to 1000 m a.s.l.
For more information visit: http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=1200
Photographed at Forest Hill Reserve, Otahuti, Southland. March.
A juvenile tree.
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