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Putaputawētā

A tree with two descriptive names: Māori call it putaputawētā, meaning many, many wētās, while in English it's known as marbleleaf

Putaputawētā
Carpodetus serratus
Can grow as high as
10m
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More about this tree

  • Putaputawētā is a small, spreading tree in coastal to montane forest throughout New Zealand.
  • It has rough, greyish bark, and small, white flowers in spring. The fruit is a black seed capsule that occurs in summer and is distributed by birds. 
  • One tree contains both male and female reproductive parts. 
  • Its leaves are a marbled light and darker green. 
  • Its juvenile form has zigzagging branches. 
  • The tree is called putaputawētā because of the number of wētā that live in holes created by pūriri moth larvae. It's also a host to the small brown bush ant, which feeds on the wound left by the moth larvae. 
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