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Macropiper excelsum subsp. excelsum
Height: 2m;  Spread: 1.5m
Kawakawa (Shrub)
Matt-green heart shaped leaves used medicinally and much loved by a small native caterpillar which creates 'uniquely perforated' leaves. Hardy.
» Click here for our Macropiper excelsum article published in the Titirangi Tatler, September 2010...
» Click here for our Moths and Butterflies article published in the Fringe, February 2013 ...
Photo gallery:
Here the 2 subspecies of Macropiper excelsum are growing together, psittacorum to the left and excelsum to the right showing clearly how much darker and glossier the psittacorum is compared with the excelsum.
..hole free leaves - a nice sight.
How long before those new leaves meet the same fate as their neighbours?