I recently went out to Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve to hunt for Metrosideros albiflora. I didn't find this large-leaved climbing rata but I found quite a few other vine species that belong to the Waikato region. Here are photos of a few of them:
Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve is a special patch of lowland Waikato forest that is managed by a keen bunch of volunteers. The interesting flora and fauna make it well worth a visit.
Some vines are very effective at shaping the hosts they climb on. Both of these trunks are at Pukemokemoke. The vine on the left is probably kaiwhiria. Photos: C. Kirby.
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I work with NZ's native vascular epiphytes at the University of Waikato. I completed an MSc on epiphyte ecology and the shrub epiphyte Griselinia lucida and have recently published the Field Guide to NZ's Epiphytes, Vines & Mistletoes.