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Botanical name:  Hedycarya arborea
Maori name:  Porokaiwhiri
Common name:  Pigeonwood
Height:  12 metres

Porokaiwhiri Foliage

An erect small tree with thick leathery leaves that have saw toothed margins.

The sexes of Pigeonwood are on different trees. The flowers have a strong aromatic scent.

The fruit is held in clusters of juicy fruits (drupes) which are bright reddish orange when ripe.

A favourite fruit of the native pigeon.

Abundant in lowland to mountain forests. Also found on the Three Kings Islands.

Flowering throughout spring and early summer with the berries from mid spring through summer.

Genus Hedycarya contains about 20 species.  The single endemic

New Zealand species grows naturally as far south as Banks Peninsula.  The rest of the species occur in New Caledonia and Polynesia.

Hedycarya belongs in an ancient family of plants, Monomiaceae, which means abiding, everlasting.  They are composed of tropical to subtropical trees and shrubs, mostly fragrant and in the Southern Hemisphere. 


Photography by Peter Craw
© (flowers, bottom left), Neil Davies © (leaves, top right) and Warren Brewer © (ripening fruit, bottom right).