Knightia excelsa

Knightia excelsa photographed at Eden Garden, Auckland, New Zealand

Knightia excelsa is an upright tree, resembling the Lombardy poplar in habit, which can grow to 100 ft (30 m). The leaves have serrated edges and are up to 8 in (20 cm) long. The small dark red flowers crowd together to form a bottlebrush-like inflorescence.

It is found in lowland to lower mountain forests in the North Island of New Zealand, and the north of the South Island. Knightia excelsa is one of only two members of the Protea family resident in New Zealand. The Maori name rewarewa is commonly used.

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