Hedycarya arborea

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Hedycarya arborea
Hedycarya arborea 2.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Monimiaceae
Genus: Hedycarya
H. arborea
Binomial name
Hedycarya arborea
J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.

Hedycarya arborea, commonly known as pigeonwood, porokaiwhiri, and poporokaiwhiri[1] is an endemic tree of New Zealand. Found on both the North and South islands of the country, the tree grows to a height of 15 metres. The leaves are oval shaped with shallow serrations. Ripe fruits turn red and the plant received its common name back when it was assumed that the New Zealand wood pigeon particularly favoured them, based on observations of the birds eating the fruit. It has since been discovered that the New Zealand wood pigeon does not prefer these berries, and tends to eat them as a 'famine food' when better fare is not available.[2]


  1. ^ "T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network - Hedycarya arborea (Pigeonwood)". www.terrain.net.nz. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  2. ^ "Flowering seed plants: North and South Islands - Pigeonwood, porokaiwhiri". The University of Auckland. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.