Nature finds a way

Host oak

In an example of native-exotic plants co-operation, this imported oak tree plays host to the New Zealand dendrobium orchid and a karamu (Coprosma robusta).

Just nearby, a vigorously-growing growing karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus) seems to be supporting a ageing oak.

Regeneration king - kawakawa

Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) appears to dominate the regenerating areas of the Grafton Gully bush. The holes in the leaves are made by an inchworm called the kawakawa looper – a species that appears to have immunity to the plant’s ability to poison other pests. The vertical fruits are a great snack for kererū and geckos. Leaves of this pant make a spicy (peppery) tea.

Where you are

Grafton Bridge, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • <p>This old oak is playing host to native plants.</p>
  • <p>Kawakawa is a plant that grows well in regenerating forest.</p>
  • <p>Pohutukawa seedling trying to get established on a grave stone. If left unchecked, this can become amajor problem. </p>
  • <p>A pohutukawa has completely overtaken a monument. Pohutukawa are protected, as are the momunents. If left unchecked, the tree will win the argument.</p>