One of our Hiking Trips in the Puketi Forest is a full day walk.
Conservation in the forest is really noticeable now.
The Northern Rata (Metrosideros robusta) is flowering again.
The Rata is a tall tree,up to 25 m or more tall,which begins its life as an epiphyte.
The pseudotrunks, formed by the coalescing of descending roots after the supporting
tree has died may be 2 m or more in diameter. The bark is rough and flaky.
The leaves are 2.5 – 5 cm long x 1.5 -2 cm wide,hairless, rounded and a little notched
at the tip with the fine vein network clearly visible below.
The flowers are red, with stamens 1-1.5 cm long. The capsules are about 7 mm long
x 3.5-5 mm wide.
The flowers appear during the summer and seeds are released during the following