Tōtara – Podocarpus totara

Tōtara is a forest giant, with a massive woody trunk that holds aloft thousands of sharp needle-like leaves. It is covered in thick, stringy bark and can live for over 1000 years. It earned the respect of Māori, who referred to it as Rakau Rangatira – chiefly tree – and its timber was prized above all others. Tōtara is remarkably resistant to rot, and fallen logs … Continue reading Tōtara – Podocarpus totara