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Gaya Lyalli formerly Plagianthus, a small branching tree 20 to 30 feet high. In mountain districts throughout the Middle Island from Nelson to Milford Sound, and Western districts of Otago.
“Diciduous at and above 3000 ft. but evergreen below that level. (Hooker)”
I found these beautiful trees in full bloom at Milford and George Sound early in January, and one small tree white with lowers at Lake Rotoiti (Nelson) at the end of January.
The leaves and flowers are sometimes larger than those drawn.
Maori name- Whauwhau