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Keywords:New Zealand, southland, piano, flat, beech, tree, leaf, plant, native, silver, leaves, nothofagus, menziesii, lophozonia, tawhai
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Dimensions4085 x 2723
Original file size657 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken30-Jan-16 13:28
Date modified25-May-16 13:36
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Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length100 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/60 at f/6.7
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
Silver beech leaves 1

Silver beech leaves 1

Silver beech (Lophozonia menziesii)* or tawhai (Maori) is a tree of the southern beech family endemic to New Zealand. Its common name probably comes from the fact that its bark is whitish in colour, particularly in younger specimens. This evergreen broadleaf tree grows up to 30 m tall, often with a buttressed trunk up to 2 m in diameter. The leaves are small, thick and almost round in shape, 6 to 15 mm long and 5 to 15 mm wide with rounded teeth which usually occur in pairs,

It is found throughout the South Island and much of the North Island, growing up to 30 m tall, often with a buttressed trunk up to 2 m in diameter. The leaves are small, thick and almost round in shape, 6 to 15 mm long and 5 to 15 mm wide with rounded teeth which usually occur in pairs.

New Zealand's beech’ trees all have dry, nut-like seeds which are spread by the wind. All except silver beech will form hybrids wherever they grow together. Beech forests are the largest remaining indigenous forest type in New Zealand, mainly because they dominate mountainous land not generally regarded as the best for agriculture.

*Latin name was Nothofagus menziesii prior to 2013.