Nothofagus solandri var. cliffortioides

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For Black beech, the other variety of Nothofagus solandri, see Nothofagus solandri var. solandri.
Nothofagus solandri var. cliffortioides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fagales
Family: Nothofagaceae
Genus: Nothofagus
Species: Nothofagus solandri
Variety: N. solandri var. cliffortioides
Trinomial name
Nothofagus solandri var. cliffortioides

Nothofagus solandri var. cliffortioides, commonly called Mountain beech (Māori: tawhai rauriki), is a variety of the tree species Nothofagus solandri, endemic to New Zealand. Mountain beech grows in mountainous regions at high altitudes.

Mountain Beech grows to around 20 metres[1] but near the treeline forms a "goblin forest" where the trees are no more than 2m tall.

N. solandri var. cliffortioides leaves are elongated and have a pointed end. The other variety of N. solandri, Nothofagus solandri var. solandri has shorter rounder leaves. There is however considerable difference in leaf shape within the varieties, and hybridisation does occur between them.


  1. ^ "Mountain Beech Height". Details of our range of Beech variety. Southern Woods Nursery Ltd. 

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