A practical field guide to New Zealand's native edible plants. Andrew Crowe
Gardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native Plants by Cave, Paddison
Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand by Poole and Adams
The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees by J.T. Salmon
Divaricating or filiramulate plants
A curious feature of New Zealand plants is the large number of shrubs with small leaves and flexible interlacing branches. This form or shape is termed divarication (L. divaricare: to stretch apart) or filiramulate (L. filatim: a thread, ramus: a branch). Some of these plants can alternately be described as flexuous (L. flexus: bending, turning, winding)
Divarication or filiramulation occurs across many plant families and curiously is found in some genera or species, but may not be prevalent in all the members of the genera.
In some species such as miro and kaikomako the plant may be divaricating while young, but as an adult the plant assumes a more normal shrub or tree form.
Mouse over and click on the small picture for name and larger image of New Zealand native plants that have a divaricating form
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Products and Experiences Celebrating New Zealand’s Trees and Shrubs
RD2 Kaeo 0479
Phone: 09 4051844
© 2006 Bushman's Friend New Zealand Nature Walks and New Zealand Trees and Plants
Species list for information on native plants
Agathis australis Alectryon excelsa Alseuosmia banksii Aristotelia serrata Arthropodium cirratum Beilschmiedia tarairi Beilschmiedia tawa Brachyglottis repanda Carmichaelia Carpodetus serrata Coprosma Cordyline australis Cordyline banksii. Corynocarpus laevigatus Cyathodesfasciculata Dacrydium cupressinum Dacrydium kirkii Dianella nigra Dodonea viscosa Dysoxylum spectabile Elaeocarpus dentatus Elingamita johnsonii Entelea arborescens Fuchsia excorticata Fuchshia procumbens Gaultheria Geniostoma ligustrifolium Hebe Hedycarya arborea Hoheria populnea Kunzea ericoides Laurelia novae zelandiae Lophomyrtus Libocedrus plumosa Leptospermum scoparium Knightia excelsa Macropiper excelsum Meryta sinclairii Melicope ternata Melicope simplex Melicytus ramiflorus Metrosideros excelsa Myoporum laetum Myrsine australis Nothofagus Phormium tenax Phyllocladus trichomanoides Prumnopitys Pittosporum Pisonia brunonnianum Podocarpus dacrydioides Pratia physaloides Planchonella costata Pseudopanax Pseudowintera colorata Pomaderris kumaraho Rhabdothamnus solandri Rhopalostylis sapida Rubus Schefflera digitata Solanum aviculare Sophora microphylla Tecomanthe speciosa Toronia toru Vitex lucens Weinmannia