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