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Rights: Craig McKenzie, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0. Published 17 December 2016 Size: 180 KB

New Zealand’s southern-most forest tree, the southern rātā (Metrosideros umbellata), extends across the shoreline of the Auckland Islands. The bright red flowers that bloom in late summer provide nectar to many small birds such as tūī and bellbird.

What differences might you expect to see between southern rātā and northern rātā?

Acknowledgement: Craig McKenzie, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.