Podocarp broadleaved forest

Podocarp-broadleaf forest (Orongorongo River, Rimutaka Forest Park). Photographer: Jeremy Rolfe.

Podocarp broadleaved forests are typically found in the lowlands, on both alluvial terraces and hill slopes.  They are most abundant in the North Island, West Coast, and Southland, and on Stewart Island. 

On lowland river terraces podocarp species dominate with kahikatea often the most common tree, especially on wet soils.  On more fertile and better drained soils it often grows in association with matai and totara.  Broadleaved trees are more common on hill slopes, with kamahi abundant in wetter and cooler regions, while in the North Island tawa is often dominant.  These species often grow in association with rimu, miro and, locally, matai and northern rata.

Podocarp-broadleaf forest (left: Smith Creek, Tararua Forest Park; right: Lake Matheson). Photographer: Jeremy Rolfe.

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This page last updated on 26 Sep 2012