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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.

More on tawa: Takana Newsletter


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