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Beilschmiedia tawa - tawa

Laurel family: Lauraceae

Beilschmedia tawa is a large forest tree distinguished from B. tarairi (taraire) by its narrow light green, almost willow-like, leaves. Large purple fruits are formed in the autumn.
An endemic species found throughout the North Island and in the northern areas of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 24 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size:  2-4 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, narrow-elliptic

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 6, green

Leaf size: 5-10 cm


Leaf arrangement: opposite in pairs to sub-opposite

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 9-12

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above tepals

Leaf surface: hairless

Fruit: fleshy