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Lancewood

Lancewood, otherwiswe known as Horoeka is a native tree to New Zealand
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izzy grubi

on 28 November 2012

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By Grubi, Georgie and Lizzie Lancewood Tree Visual Description The Lancewood, when juvenile, is a stringy thin plant with long leaves sloping at a downward angle from the stem. When adult, it is a tall, frigid tree with a thick trunk and rounded crown of smaller, thicker leaves at the top of the tree. Scientific Information Maori Culture The maori's believed that if the lancewood flowered the birds would be plentiful the next year. Different Forms The juvenile form is very thin and tough with long, stringy leaves. The adult form is taller and thicker with smaller leaves. Uses Lancewood is modernly used as a plant in public display because of its modern look. Juvenile stage Adult stage Fruit Life cycle of a Lancewood The bark of the lancewood is mottled brown and white with lots of moss on it. It is tough and stringy. The leaves of the lancewood are long and jagged with a dark green or brown colour at the juvenile stage. When they fully form, the leaves turn a lush green, thicken and shorten. The lancewood is found in lowland, montane forests and shrublands all over New Zealand. There are different forms because when the moa was alive it liked to eat the lancewood so the plant adapted so that the moa could not get at the lancewood stalk because of the jagged leaves. When it reached adulthood, the plant would be too tall for the moa to reach it so it could fully bloom lush leaves. The maori name for the lancewood is Horoeka. The early european settlers used lancewood as bootlaces because of its tough leaves. The maori's grinded the lancewood leaves until they were stringy hairs and created paintbrushes out of the hairs. Flower The lancewood, scientifically called 'pseudopanax crassifolius' can grow up to 20 metres tall when fully grown with a trunk of 50cm in diameter. Blue-Black, small circular fruit. Green-Yellow flowers
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