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Rainforest (Podocarp Forest)

The forests of the western side of the park are much more complex, diverse and denser than the simple beech forests of the east. Mountain, silver and red beech all occur west, but red and silver being the most striking.

Podocarps tend to dominate the valley floors and mountain sides.

CHECKLIST

TREES:
Kahikatea
Mior
Mountain Totara
Matai
Rimu
Red Beech
Kamahi
Southern Rata
Fuchsia (Kotukutuku)
Marble leaf (Putaputaweta)
Whiteywood (Mahoe)
Lemonwood
Broadleaf
Wineberry
Pate
SHRUBS:
Coprosmas
Stinkwood
Pepper tree
Rohutu (Myrtle)
FERNS:
Soft tree fern
Small tree fern
Wheki
Filmy ferns
Hard ferns
Hen & Chickens fern
Hanging spleenwort
BOG SHRUBS:
Bog pine
Pygmy pine
Dwarf heaths
HERBS:
Red tussock
Sedges
Sundews
Bladderwort
Bog Cushion
MOSSES AND LICHENS:
Sponge mosses
Sphagnum
Coral lichens

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