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Pterophylla [Weinmannia] silvicola - tōwai, tawhero

Family: Cunoniaceae

Weinmannia silvicola is a small tree with dark green leaves which are usually divided into three, toothed leaflets. Both branchlet and leaflet underside is covered with brown hairs. Juveniles have leaves that are divided into as many as nine pairs of opposite leaflets that are reddish underneath.

An endemic species found in the upper half of the North Island.

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Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 20 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-5 mm diam.

Leaf form: divided into 3-5 ovate to elliptic leaflets; juvenile divided into 5-10 leaflets

Sepals: 4-5

Leaf size: 3-5 cm leaflets; juvenile with 5-8 cm leaflets

Petals: 4-5

Leaf arrangement: opposite pairs along the stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: 8-10

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry