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A Study of Entelea arborescens R. Br. (“Whau”).

Part I. Ecology.

By L. H. Millener, Auckland University College.

[Read before the Auckland Institute, March 20, 1946; received by the Editor, April 29, 1946.]


Entelea arborescens (Tiliaceae), endemic monotype, is found in New Zealand from the North Cape to Nelson, near the sea-coast only.

The species is outstandingly light-demanding. It is intolerant of even moderate cold, strong wind, and a very dry or ill-drained substratum.

Even in still-primitive coastal forest occurrence is sporadic always, due to the plant's inability to live under an unbroken canopy; but in open places it is unexcelled in vigour of growth, and often plays t [ unclear: ] lere a vital seral rôle.

In early stages of man's interference with coastal forest (save in dry or wind-swept areas) the species spreads rapidly. With prolonged, or initially severe, interference the species is exterminated.

In lowland rain-forest Entelea is rare—found only, so far as is known, by streams in broadly open valleys near the coast where open ground and sufficient warmth and light are found.

Browsing animals of all kinds are destructive, but only where the normal food supply is low.

In its natural habitat the tree depends mainly for success upon its prodigious seed production, the remarkably long life of the seed, and, after germination, rapid growth. Under unnatural conditions the resistance to, and stimulation of, the seed by fire is vitally important.


Only brief general accounts of this unusual, large and delicate-leaved, monotypic, endemic genus have been published (e.g., Kirk, 1889, t. 33; Cheeseman, 1914, I, t. 22). In fact, very few New Zealand species have been treated at all fully ecologically. This paper has been written (1) to serve as introduction to Parts II and III (Dispersal; Anatomy), (2) because it gives some little detailed information about coastal forest succession in general, upon which scarcely anything has been published, and (3) because Entelea, in many parts, is fast becoming extinct.

Where the nomenclature is not that of Cheeseman (1925) the authority has been quoted, and Cheeseman's name added in brackets, with the first mention of the species.

Affinities of Entelea.

The genus, endemic and monotypic, is the single New Zealand member of the wide-ranging, mainly tropical and subtropical family Tiliaceae. Cockayne places it (1928, p. 414) in the Palaeotropic element of the New Zealand flora. Oliver (1925, pp. 1223) lists it as “Palaeozelandic”: but even if this view is correct the ancestors of

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the genus most certainly came from the north. Oliver, again (ibid.), apparently arguing mainly from facts of distribution, places Entelea in a section “with no near relatives”. But the genus is distinguished taxonomically from the South African genus Sparmannia only by the stamens being all fertile (Brown, 1824, t. 2480); morphologically and anatomically the two genera are remarkably similar (Part III).

Life Form.

Cheeseman (1925, p. 560) describes Entelea as “a handsome shrub or small tree 8–20 ft. high, with a trunk 5–9 in. diameter”. (Pl. 25, Fig. 1.) In favourable habitats, however (notably on islands off the North-East coast), a height of 30 ft. (extreme 48 ft.) is frequently reached, with trunk 10–15 in. diameter (extreme 21 in.). (Pl. 25, Fig. 2.)

Where bright and even light prevails throughout development, and the trees are not too crowded, the form is typically canopied (Pl. 25, Fig. 1; Pl. 27, Fig. 2) even in early stages. This is important concerning competition with other light-demanding species. Where illumination is more diffuse, or uneven, as often in forest clearings, the form is less compact (Pl. 26, Figs. 2 and 3) although leaves are larger. Under unfavourable conditions (especially in a dry or windswept habitat) the plant may be reduced to shrub dimensions while still retaining the tree habit. In special circumstances an unusual form may be assumed (Pl. 25, Figs. 3, 4), even that of a semi-prostrate shrub rooting all along the stem (where young plants have fallen on very moist ground).

The root system is typically shallow, 2–4 stout, almost horizontal, main roots giving off many smaller fibrous ones; but as with polydemic species in general a marked correlation with soil-water distribution is shown (p. 271).


Although Entelea is found, here and there, in Nelson and Marlborough (Cheeseman, 1925, p. 560), occurrence is local south of Lat. 38°. The plant has never been found more than 8 km. from the sea (Waitakerei Stream, near Auckland), nor higher than 350 m. (Taranga, Map 1.) All this, doubtless, is related to temperature; but it is probably not so much the mean annual temperature (M.A.T.) of a locality which is vitally important as the minimum yearly temperature—for Entelea is very frost-tender. An analysis of the available temperature records (1919–44 inclusive) for Riverhead, near Auckland, and Cawthron, near Nelson, is significant here (Table I).

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Table I.
Station. Average of M.A.T.'s. Average of Ext. Min. T's. Ext. Min. Temp.
Riverhead (20 m. above M.S.L.) 14.1° C. —4.0° C. —5.1° C.
Cawthron (7.4 m. above M.S.L.) 12.7° C. —2.2° C. —3.5° C.

Riverhead (Lat. 37° 14′ S.) is 12 km. from the open sea, i.e., a little beyond the inland limit for Entelea: Cawthron, only 1 km. from the open sea, is in Lat. 41° 15′ S., i.e., approximately the southern

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limit for Entelea. Although Riverhead (where Entelea is just unable to grow) has the higher average M.A.T., its minimum temperatures (Average and Extreme) are somewhat lower than those for Cawthron (where Entelea is just able to grow).

The approximation of the minimum-temperature figures for the two stations indicates that Entelea has spread as far south as it will.

Extreme minimum temperatures for localities where Entelea really thrives are always, so far as the records show, well above 0° C.

The Role of Entelea in New Zealand Vegetation.

The existence of the species is bound up almost exclusively with the life history of coastal forest, in which, however, it occurs only sporadically. The plant is intimately concerned with the rapidly moving successions within this forest, and the whole ecological aspect has therefore been treated developmentally.

Entelea has been investigated from the North Cape to Nelson and Marlborough along almost the whole length of both coasts; but here, for simplicity, only four areas are described in any detail, viz., Taranga, Mayor Island (islands off East Coast), Coromandel Peninsula (East Coast), Waitakerei Ranges (West Coast). These four areas, where Entelea is, or was, abundant, together show all the chief ecological features (for further details see unpublished thesis, 1937, Auckland University College Library).

1. Coastal Forest.

A. Virgin Coastal Forest.

(a) With Mixed Dominants.

Taranga (Hen Island) (Map 1).

Taranga (some 5 km. long and 476 hectares area) is easily the largest of the Hen and Chickens group of eight uninhabited islets lying some 17 km. E.S.E. of Whangarei Heads. The island, in most places, rises abruptly from the sea, and forest-clad slopes then sweep, at first fairly gently, but later swiftly, to the median ridge which

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Map 1.—Taranga. (Modified from Cranwell and Moore with kind permission.)

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runs roughly E. and W. at about 300 m. to form the backbone of the island. Precipices and steep slopes abound. There are no permanent streams.

The general climatic, geological, and vegetational features have been well described by Cranwell and Moore (1935).

Taranga was chosen for the study of Entelea because much of the typically coastal forest cover is unquestionably virgin. Such forest falls into two main classes: (1) Mixed Coastal Forest, (2) Metrosideros excelsa Sol. ex Gaert. (M. tomentosa) (Pohutukawa) -dominated Coastal Forest.

Sharply separated from the virgin forest are considerable areas of induced forest dominated almost exclusively by tall Leptospermum ericoides (Map 1, L: p. 286); there is also a small area of much younger mixed regrowth (Map 1: p. 284).

The virgin mixed coastal forest forms the greater part of the primitive vegetation of Taranga, extending from the very shore at times to the base of the highest pinnacles. Podocarps are absent, epiphytes and scandent species few, tree-ferns rare. The most important species, especially over the southern face of the island, where most work was done, are Beilschmiedia tawa, B. taraire, Dysoxylum spectabile, Vitex lucens, Corynocarpus laevigata, Melicytus ramiflorus and Metrosideros excelsa (often of great size), which often occur mingled together—or the first four may form almost pure stands (especially B. taraire). Rhopalostylis sapida is locally important. On the whole, however, conditions of importance for Entelea are throughout fairly much the same, viz. (1) the rocky (andesite) substratum, everywhere fissured, giving excellent drainage and soil aeration; this leading to (2) comparative dryness of the subsoil, aggravated by the only moderate rainfall (Cranwell and Moore, p. 302); but (3) the presence of a rich, water-retaining, humous topsoil almost eliminates these factors in the case of the shallow-rooting Entelea, but not for some of the associated species; (4) the almost wind-still, but not humid, forest interior; (5) the uniformity and comparative lowness (10–15 m.) of the canopy and its density, the latter due partly to the abnormally large leaves of most of the trees (Ibid., p. 306); (6) the resulting dimness of interior with poor seedling and shrub growth. The clean trunks of the trees rise, well spaced, from a densely leaf-covered floor, carpeted in most places with Asplenium lamprophyllum Carse (especially), A. lucidum, and Polystichum richardi. The chief shrubs are Macropiper excelsum, Coprosma australis (A. Rich.) Robinson (C. grandifolia) and C. macrocarpa.

Entelea occurs:

(α) On Rocks: Great masses of weathered rock frequently occasion an opening in the forest roof, and on their summits Entelea, often of large size, is usually present (Pl. 25, Fig. 3).

Almost all the other forest plants may be found also on these rocks, great trees of Metrosideros, or occasionally Corynocarpus or Melicytus, all of which invariably send their roots early to the ground, sometimes slowly forcing Entelea out of existence. The most constant and serious competitors of Entelea, however, are the shrubs Macro-piper, Coprosma australis, and C. macrocarpa, which maintain their

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rooting systems on top of the rocks where the soil layer is at best but a few centimetres thick. Where the rocks are low, Entelea may largely escape this severe root competition by sending to the ground cord-like roots, often 2–3 m. long, which are strikingly different in appearance from soil-growing roots (Pl. 25, Fig. 3).

These rock-growing Entelea are often of peculiar form owing to the unusually strong response of the plant to light. The trees grow vigorously under all circumstances directly towards the gap in the forest roof. Even when trees fall, as often happens owing to their precarious hold on the rock, they still send their shoots towards the light, either by growing upwards in a sweeping arc, or by sending up lateral branches (43 seen on one stem), the original apex often decaying away (Pl. 25, Fig. 3). The extreme, almost lianoid, example shown in Pl. 25, Fig. 4, was produced by almost horizontal growth of the young tree along the rock face in response to gradual growing in of taller plants towards the rock from left to right (in the Fig.). Eventually, nearly 7 m. from the place of germination, the tree was able to develop a leafy crown in the light.

Entelea, it should be mentioned here, has never been found as even a hemi-epiphyte.

(β) On Steep Rock Faces: Steep rock faces, usually quite moist and well lighted, abound on Taranga and often carry an abundant growth of Entelea, even where there is little soil. The root system is strikingly plastic. The tree may grow several metres high rooted only in a shallow pocket of soil; in fact, it may often be lifted, with its dense mat of rootlets, completely from the rock, unharmed. Where the seedling early outgrows its immediate resources, long, flexible roots (see above) may be sent out, snake-like, over the moist substratum. Again, where the rock is fissured, the primary root may grow almost vertically downwards.

From some rock faces seeps emerge, and there, if sufficient soil be present, Entelea finds optimum growth conditions. One plant had leaf blades 37–50 cm. long and up to 47.5 cm. broad, and petioles 30–60 cm. long; it grew in height 3.7 m. in 14 months.

(γ) On Slips: Such are common and are a favourite locality for Entelea, especially where very moist conditions have caused the shallow cover of rock faces to slide away. Colonies of young plants may grow so vigorously that all other species are excluded. Entelea may maintain itself for several generations.

(δ) In Clearings: In the many, usually small, clear spaces in this Taranga forest, formed either by the fall of large trees or by their death in situ, Entelea is easily the most striking plant. These clearings are notable for the dense growth which springs up in them. Successions are short, seral stages fairly well marked.

The main factors governing the success, or otherwise, of Entelea are: (1) The number of “viable” seeds (Part II) present in early stages relative to those of other species, especially plants of the undergrowth. (2) The initial degree of openness of the floor. If many undergrowth plants are already present the rapid growing together of their leafy parts may trap many, or all, of the young Entelea which spring up. Entelea is handicapped also by a rich floor

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cover of ferns (especially Asplenium lamprophyllum); but the plant appears to spring from ground covered with decaying leaves as successfully as any other species. (3) The size of the clearing, a large clearing relatively favouring Entelea. (4) The height of the canopy, a low canopy relatively favouring Entelea. (5) The time elapsing before the gap in the forest roof is closed (if at all) by lateral growth of the standing trees—this connected with (3) and (4). (6) Altitude. In clearings above about 150 m. Entelea rarely dominates. Below this altitude the plant is seldom not dominant unless a special factor operates, e.g. (7) Aspect. At 130 m. on the S.W. face of Taranga occur two large clearings quite without Entelea but filled with a dense tangle of the usual undergrowth plants. These clearings are situated in a south-facing, funnel-like valley up which blows a slow, cool draught. On the warm north side of the island Entelea is found at 350 m., the highest altitude recorded for the species. (8) The distribution of light within the clearing (connected with 3, 4, 7, and other factors, notably topography). In a clearing behind Old Woman's Bay (Map 1), in relatively tall forest, 57 young Entelea were found (1937) in the southern half of the clearing, none in the northern half, where, however, occurred all the species associated with Entelea at the southern end.

Where conditions are initially favourable, Entelea is usually the first new plant to appear, followed most quickly, it seems, by Urtica ferox (not common), Macropiper excelsum, Coprosma macrocarpa, and C. australis, in that order. Forest dominants, in general, are slower to come in—Corynocarpus most quickly, followed by Beilschmiedia tawa, so far as could be ascertained.

Entelea establishes itself with striking rapidity. A small clearing made in December, 1935, contained several Entelea over 1 m. high (one with a fruit!) 14 months later. The number of Entelea rapidly increases until, between two and four years after the formation of the clearing, the vegetation becomes closed. This is quite the most critical stage for Entelea. Fortunately, it was possible to study this, and other stages, in four clearings which had been made in December, 1933, by the felling of trees. The writer visited these clearings in December, 1935, January, 1937, May, 1939, and March, 1943, and on each occasion took photographs (Plate 26), and made counts (Table 2) of all plants, except ground ferns, which remain much more constant in kind and number than other plants. Composition changes have been summarised in Graph 1 by averaging the numbers of those species common to at least three of the clearings and plotting them as shown. This is permissible, (1) since the clearings all occur in the same type of forest, (2) since they are of identical age, and (3) since all are large enough (7–16 m. across) to have allowed the establishment of a fairly representative set of species. At the same time they differ in no way save their origin (since no undergrowth was cut) from clearings made naturally by the fall of a tree, and have been treated as such.

Although the information on which Graph 1 is based is inadequate to give a really reliable picture of clearing succession as a whole, it does indicate the relation of Entelea to other clearing plants through most of its brief life cycle, and emphasises the surprisingly

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Graph 1.—Composition changes in clearings in virgin mixed coastal forest on Taranga between 1935 and 1943.

rapid fluetnations which may occur in the population of a typical clearing in virgin coastal forest.

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The four clearings all became closed between 1935 and 1937. The sudden drop in Entelea numbers, and to a lesser extent those of Macropiper and species of Coprosma, is related chiefly to the cutting

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Table 2. Analysis of Clearings in Virgin Mixed Coastal Forest on Taranga.
Species Clearing No. '35 '37 '39 '43 Species Clearing No. '35 '37 '39 '43
1 154 74 21 8+3 1
Entelea 2 54 9 6 4 Dysoxylum 2 1 1 1 1
arborescens 3 20 13 9 3+2 spectabile 3 5 5+2 4+2 2+3
4 12 8 7 6 4 7 7 5+1 5+4
1 79 44 17+2 12+24 1
Macropiper 2 60 52 30+1 21+8 Rhabdothamnus 2 1 1+8
excelsum 3 29 28+2 17+3 10+14 solandri 3 4
4 37 32 14+1 9+2 4
1 26? 20 4+1 3+7? 1 6
Coprosma 2 2? 2 2 2 Nothopanax 2
australis 3 5 2+2 1+2 1+4? arboreum 3 2 2+2
4 13? 11+2 6+2 4+3 4
1 14? 8 3 3+1? 1 3
Coprosma 2 10? 7 4 2 Hoheria 2
macrocarpa 3 3 3 1 1+1 populnea 3 1 1 1+1 1+2
4 1 4
1 2 2 2+2 2+3 1 4
Rhopalostylis 2 4 4+1 4+3 4+8 Edwardsia 2 1
Sapida 3 microphylla 3
4 1 1 1 1+3 4
1 37 33 26+5 19+28? 1
Beilschmiedia 2 11 24 19 13+3 Geniostoma 2 1
tawa 3 2 2+2 2+3 2+3 ligustrifolium 3 1 1+4
4 10 14 12+2 9+4 4 2
1 1 1 1 1 1
Beilschmiedia 2 3 3+1 2+1 2+3 Meryta 2 2 1 1+1 1+3
taraire 3 11 6 5+2 4+3 sinclairii 3
4 4 11 7+2? 6+11? 4
1 1 1+1 1+1 1+4 1
Corynocarpus 2 Pisonia 2 3
laevigata 3 3 2+2 2+2 2+5 brunoniana 3
4 5 4 4 4+1 4 1

Note: A figure after a + sign indicates the number of plants which came in after the initial occupation by the particular species; a? that one or more seedling identifications are doubtful, or that one or more plants were moribund.

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off of light from the ground at this stage. Almost all Entelea that had not then grown above the “shrub” layer had perished by 1937. In Clearing 1 (Table 2; Pl. 26, Figs. 1, 2) the Entelea population had dropped from 154 to 74, in Clearing 2 from 54 to 9 (Table 2). Suppression of the stifled plants had been so rapid that few still dying were found. In all four clearings Entelea itself (many 3–5 m. high) was the plant most effective in cutting off the light from smaller seedlings (Pl. 26, Fig. 2).

Once this early critical point has been passed Entelea has little to fear directly from the forest undergrowth species. Plants of Entelea grow upwards, usually quite dominating the clearing (Pl. 26, Figs. 2, 3) until (1) they are checked by the closing or partial closing of the forest canopy above (rarely), (2) with diminished growth they are gradually overtaken by the shade-tolerating dominants which have usually been growing up steadily from below, or (3) more commonly, they reach their maximum height and die before being overtaken. At maturity they are typically 6–12 m. high, with slender, clean, smooth-barked trunks 8–15 cm. in diameter (Pl. 26, Figs. 3, 4) and relatively small crowns. They may reach the low forest roof.

The most striking feature brought out by this investigation of clearing successions is the remarkable rapidity with which Entelea completes its life cycle. By 1939, less than six years after the clearings were made, the species had everywhere attained its maximum dominance; in fact, in Clearings 1, 2, and 3, some trees, 6 m. or more in height, were dying of “old age” (Pl. 26, Fig. 3). By 1943, only 9 ¼ years after its establishment, the species had almost run its full course in these three clearings; most of the few surviving trees were senescent. In Clearing 4 alone, where competition among the Entelea was not so fierce, were trees still vigorous (some 12 m. high with trunks 30 cm. diameter). In Clearing 1 (Pl. 26, Fig. 4) and Clearing 3 it had become possible agan to walk about with ease, and the increase in light was so marked that light-demanding species such as Nothopanax arboreum and Hoheria populnea, even a few new Entelea, were again coming in, together with numerous shade-tolerating species, both undergrowth plants and dominants (Table 2).

Thus while the normal result of the invasion of a clearing by Entelea is early to limit, or inhibit, the activities of other colonising species, these other species will often be given a second chance to occupy the clearing, years after it first became closed, by the wholesale death of the dominating Entelea. A second phase of seedling competition, less intense than the first, is initiated.

The role of Entelea, then, in virgin mixed coastal forest, under optimum conditions, is largely to control, in the first years, the course of a succession in clearings and thereafter to delay the striking of equilibrium among the other species, particularly the undergrowth plants. In 1943 such plants were more numerous, in kind and number, than in 1939—and then the frequency of all species was far above normal. Long before stabilisation has been attained in the case of any other species, Entelea has disappeared, not to return for a great many years. It is a noteworthy fact that the degree of persistence of Entelea in a clearing is lypically inversely proportional to its initial success, other things being equal (above, and p. 285).

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From Table 2 the following additional points, of more general interest, emerge: (1) Macropiper, although shade-tolerating and present in all clearings throughout the succession, is, under the stress of severe competition, easily the most responsive to light of all species, save Entelea. (2) At the other extreme, markedly shade-tolerating species such as Rhabdothamnus solandri, Geniostoma ligustrifolium and Heimerliodendron brunonianum (Endl.) Skottsberg (Pisonia brunoniana) are seen to have entered certain clearings relatively late—and seedlings of all dominants were still, on the whole, steadily coming in some nine years after the clearings were made. (3) By 1943 Rhopalostylis sapida, with the senescent Entelea, was the most striking plant in Clearing 1 (Pl. 26, Fig. 4), while it profoundly dominated Clearing 2. Comparison of the growth rates of Rhopalostylis inside and outside clearings showed that while the species is remarkably shade-tolerant the growth rate is greatly accelerated in clearings. (4) The interesting Meryta, usually regarded as a strong light demander, is much more shade-tolerant than Entelea. (5) Relative height increments of dominants (averages for three fastest-growing trees, where present, in each clearing, 1935–43) were: Corynocarpus, 4.1 m.; B. taraire, 3.8 m.; Dysoxylum, 2.9 m.; B. tawa (most crowded), 2.2 m. Cf. Entelea. (6) The common dominants, Metrosideros excelsa, Vitex lucens, Knightia excelsa, and Melicytus ramiflorus, are absent from all four clearings.

The history of the clearing may be somewhat different from that described above: (a) Where a single Entelea (more rarely two or three) gains an early ascendancy it may reach, and develop a large crown in, the forest roof and linger on, sometimes probably for twenty years or more, reaching relatively great size. The tree shown in Pl. 25, Fig. 2, probably the largest specimen recorded, was over 15 m. high with a trunk 1.7 m. circumference above the basal buttresses. In four places on Taranga the remains of solitary, very large trees were found under a closed forest canopy indicating where clearings had once existed. (b) Where the forest roof is low, and the clear space large, Entelea may be initially so successful that other species can gain no hold at all or are early choked out. The Entelea, having quickly grown in a dense mass to a height of 5–8 m., often die almost in a body, and so rapidly (cf. Pl. 27, Fig. 1) that with the influx of light to the bare ground beneath, a new generation of Entelea can spring up before shade-tolerating plants can occupy the area. The eventual victory of the true forest plants may be held off for some time. Nevertheless, later generations of Entelea are never nearly as vigorous as the first, and the conclusion is inescapable that a successful colony of Entelea can so impoverish the ground, from the point of view of the species itself, that long-continued success is impossible. (Cf. p. 285, and Pl. 27, Fig. 1.)

Leaf Behaviour. (For Taranga as a whole.)

There has been much speculation as to the significance of the abnormally large leaves produced by several mainland species when growing on certain coastal islands; and the matter is not always simple (Kirk, 1879, pp. 4502; Cockayne, 1928, pp. 778; Cranwell and Moore, 1935, p. 310, etc.). The leaves of Entelea on Taranga are, on the whole, considerably above average size (see also Cheeseman,

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Map 2.—Mayor Island.

1925, p. 560), the blades being often 40 cm. long. The explanation here is simply one of epharmony. On Taranga the habitat is unusually favourable. Again, leaves of mainland plants growing under particularly good conditions may be also abnormally large; and on Taranga itself leaf size varies greatly according to conditions. Finally, trees grown by the writer at Auckland from seed taken from large-leaved Taranga specimens had leaves of only average size.

(2) Mayor Island. (Map 2.)

This island, which lies in the Bay of Plenty some 37 km. N.N.E. of Tauranga, was visited in the summers of 1936, 1937, 1942, and

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1943. It is volcanic, probably Late Tertiary (see Part II). (Marshall, 1936, p. 344.)

Squarish in outline and of 1,277 hectares area, the island rises almost everywhere from the sea in cliffs up to 100 m. high. The forested slopes then sweep upwards, in most places fairly steeply, to the broad rim of an enormous crater, which occupies about a third the total area of the island. Rounded, forested peaks about the crater rim to west and south rise to between 300 and 400 m. The flanks of the island are furrowed by innumerable, closely-spaced, dry-floored gullies, radiating from the lip of the crater. The rocks are acidic.

The climate is comparable with that of Taranga; and here also the forest is protected from strong winds which are shot upwards by the steep cliffs.

The island has not been in permanent occupation since the Maori abandoned it nearly 60 years ago (Sladden, 1926, p. 194).

Brief general accounts of the vegetation have been given by Sladden (1926, pp. 193205) and Allan and Dalrymple (1926, pp. 3436).

The forest, in many places essentially virgin, from the point of view of Entelea, affords a most interesting transition between the pure Metrosideros association of seaward slopes, described under subsection (b), and mixed forest such as that on Taranga. While Metrosideros may be powerfully dominant over large areas, especially on the lower levels (Sladden, 1926, p. 201), all the common dominants of mixed coastal forest, save the important Beilschmiedia, are present also; and the warm, sheltered conditions have led to the development of an undergrowth ecologically comparable with that of a typical mixed forest. Of great interest is the presence of Aristotelia serrata (J. R. et G. Forst.) W. R. B. Oliver (A. racemosa), a species related, to Entelea and ecologically equivalent, which is unaccountably absent from Taranga. Suttonia australis, Geniostoma ligustrifolium, Coprosma lucida, C. robusta, and Brachyglottis repanda are relatively far more important than on Taranga, Rhopalostylis, Macropiper and Rhabdothamnus less so. Coriaria arborea Lindsay, rare on Taranga, is quite common, but Coprosma macrocarpa is absent. Ground ferns are relatively rare, the absence of Asplenium lamprophyllum being noteworthy.

The opportunities of Entelea are somewhat restricted owing to the absence of rock masses in the forest, the scarcity of slips, the absence of permanent streams, and the too inhospitable nature of the numerous rock faces and cliff tops. Nevertheless, the species is frequent throughout, seizing upon newly-formed clearings with great vigour. Sufficient clearings of different ages were found to prove that the seral stages, as regards Entelea, are essentially similar, save often the last, to those of the Taranga clearings, so long as Aristotelia is absent, as is often the case. The difference in “final” stages depends on the open nature of the low forest canopy and the marked sluggishness of the dominants, notably Metrosideros, in reoccupying clear spaces caused by their fall. While often on Taranga only a single Entelea will survive to reach the forest roof (p. 276), here, nearly always, most plants which survive the early critical stages persist,

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forming a grove of slender trees, until they die with age; and more than one generation may arise.

When Entelea and Aristotelia both invade a clearing, their relative success depends primarily upon the light factor. In open, sunny clearings Entelea often completely ousts its most dangerous competitor, (1) because of faster growth rate in early stages, and (2) because of much earlier adoption of the canopy habit. Under conditions rather less favourable to Entelea the two species often grow together above all the other clearing plants, Entelea still usually the taller, until, at a clearing age of some 8–12 years, Aristotelia overtops and shades out its earlier-maturing rival. Soon afterwards the light-demanding Suttonia and Coriaria are often also eliminated. Aristotelia, now mulberry-like in form, may finally reach the remarkable height of 10–15 m. (A, Map 2—huge specimens.) Where the clearing floor is shaded most of the day Aristotelia may quite replace Entelea, playing a role in relation to the other clearing species very similar to that of Entelea in the Taranga clearings. Finally, where the forest roof is hardly broken above a clearing, both Entelea and Aristotelia will be absent.

(3) The Mainland.

Although the writer has examined, cursorily or in detail, hundreds of kilometres of the North Island coastline where forest remnants containing Entelea occur, not a single forested area has been found which can be described as undoubtedly virgin. Nevertheless, it is clear that in primitive New Zealand Entelea played a role on the mainland essentially similar to that which it plays to-day on Taranga and Mayor Island. The following mainland variations, among many, may, however, be noted:

(α) On Streams: Along the lower reaches of numerous streams, on the banks, on flood-plain scrolls and other alluvium, and on slips, Entelea finds, and must have found, very suitable growing places of a type not available on the small islands where permanent streams do not exist. Competition, from many different types of plants, is keen. The most constant and serious rivals are, probably, Coriaria sarmentosa Forst. f., Leptospermum scoparium, Coprosma robusta, Hebe salicifolia, Aristotelia serrata, and many ferns, especially Dicksonia squarrosa and Blechnum procerum (Forst. f.) Labill. On scrolls, which are built out very slowly, succession towards forest is so condensed in space that Entelea occurs only, as a rule, right next the stream itself.

(β) On Sand: Between 1937 and 1939 a close survey of the west coast between the Manukau and Hokianga Harbours was undertaken. From the then position of Entelea in forest remnants on consolidated dune, it is clear that the plant once played there no mean role.

"Behind an extensive sand plain 3 km. north of Muriwai on recently consolidated dune occurs a forest which contains almost all the species of mixed coastal forest … In the several sheltered clearings, naturally made by the fall of large trees insecurely rooted, Entelea is growing with a vigour matched only (so far as is known) on Taranga. Some trees are 10 m. tall, with trunks up to 30 cm. diameter, and leaves reaching 40 cm. in length. The importance to

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the plant of perfect drainage … is surely indicated.”* (Thesis, 1937, p. 36.)

Whether in primitive N.Z. Entelea played a role in sheltered dune hollows adjacent to forest will never be determined: but a survey of the Muriwai-Woodhill coastal sector in 1945 showed that even to-day a very few Entelea are to be found in such places. They are growing, with a few Cordyline australis, Macropiper, and Coprosma macrocarpa, above a sea of Ammophila arenaria (L.) Link, Arundo conspicua, Scirpus nodosus, Tetragonia expansa, Muehlenbeckia complexa, and other ecologically similar species.

(γ) Neglecting Entelea on streams, and on sand, it is clear that even in former times Entelea rarely displayed on the mainland the astonishing vigour shown on Taranga and Mayor Island. The chief reasons are: (1) Generally lower, and more variable, temperatures. (2) In most places, especially on the west coast, greater exposure to wind. (3) Usually heavier rainfall. While this factor is all in favour of Entelea where the forest floor is bared (slips and artificial clearings) its encouragement of a denser, and floristically richer, undergrowth and, as well, a more abundant growth of shade-casting tree-ferns, climbers and epiphytes accounts, in part, for the more moderate success of Entelea on the mainland in naturally made clearings. (4) The presence, in some places, of umbrageous podocarps such as Phyllocladus trichomanoides, Dacrydium cupressinum, and Podocarpus dacrydioides. (5) An often taller forest roof—connected particularly with (3). (6) Imperfect drainage often—e.g., much of Waitakerei and Coromandel Ranges where the andesitic fragmentals may be strongly cemented. This is undoubtedly a factor contributing to the generally much smaller size of Entelea on the mainland as compared with Taranga especially. (Borne out by (β) above.)

(b) With Metrosideros excelsa Dominant.

(1) Taranga, Mayor and Little Barrier Islands.

On Taranga true Metrosideros forest is found only on steep, exposed, seaward slopes. Along the southern and particularly the south-western shores (Map 1) where cliffing is not marked, but where the island commonly rises in steepish slopes, for a hundred metres or more often, from the boulder beaches, an almost pure, in most places essentially virgin, Metrosideros forest is found. The fairly even canopy, 5–10 m. high, is relatively open owing to the wide branching of the dominants. Ample light penetrates for the growth of Entelea; but, except in specially sheltered places, the species is absent. It is never clean-stemmed and vigorous, as in the mixed forest immediately over the seaward slope. In fact, plant establishment in general is difficult, for the strong light, the steep slope, the much-fissured andesitic substratum, and the frequent winds have developed a dry, friable topsoil held together only by the densely-intertwining rootlets of the trees. There is usually a dry, harsh floor cover of Metrosideros leaves. Even hardy shrubs (Macropiper mostly) and ferns are not plentiful.

[Footnote] * A re-examination of this area in October, 1945, disclosed the forest almost destroyed and Entelea virtually extinct.

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The Mayor Island forest, of transitional type, has already been described (p. 278). It is noteworthy, in view of the strong light demands of Entelea, that the species grows poorly in the magnificent Metrosideros forest of the enormous crater (Map 2), although the ground is relatively moist.

Hamilton (1937, p. 50) describes a unique Metrosideros forest on Little Barrier Island in which Entelea does not occur. It is most interesting, however, in the light of what has been said on p. 281 (3), that on this island, where the rainfall is much heavier than on Taranga (Hamilton, p. 31; Cranwell and Moore, 1935, p. 302), Entelea is more plentiful in “Pohutukawa cliff forest” than in mixed coastal forest (Hamilton, pp. 47, 50, 81).

(2) The Mainland.

Almost everywhere along the hundreds of kilometres of Metrosideros-girdled coastline, even in rainy areas like the Auckland West Coast, Entelea is rare. But clearing and burning have been severe, and herbivores are everywhere. The writer has not seen a single area where the past history of Entelea could be safely reconstructed (cf. Cockayne, 1928, p. 110).

(c) With Corynocarpus laevigata Dominant.

In the many remnants of Corynocarpus forest which the writer has investigated between Hokianga Harbour and Marlborough and Nelson Entelea still occurs sporadically. (See also Allan in Cockayne, 1928, p. 111.) It would be interesting to know how Entelea behaved in pure, virgin Corynocarpus forest with its dark, close roof, yet usually dry, leaf-covered floor. Again, however, interference factors have been at work too long to make surmises other than dangerous.

B. Modified Coastal Forest.

The following classification of interference factors is arbitrary, and adopted solely to give some lucidity to an attempt to analyse an often bewildering complex series of events. Usually felling, fire, and browsing animals act together as destructive agents, and their separate effects are difficult or impossible to disentangle. As well the fate of Entelea is bound up with the length of time taken by the destructive agents to produce a given effect; with many factors other than biotic; with the previous history of the area, which will largely have determined, among other things, the nearness of a seed supply and of invading exotic species; with the subsequent treatment of the area, and so on. The examples given below are some of the clearest and most significant from many hundreds investigated.

(a) Coastal Forest With Mixed Dominants.

(1) Interference by Felling.

(α) On a Small Scale: The behaviour of Entelea in small clearings made in virgin forest by the felling of dominants only has already been described in detail (pp. 2726). Often, of course, especially on the mainland, Entelea may be less successful or absent.

The clearing succession may be quite different if the felling is done in already modified forest—for indigenous and exotic “weeds” may be present. A clearing (10 × 6 m.) in modified forest on the S.W. corner of Taranga (p. 284; Map 1), made like the other Taranga

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clearings in 1933, and examined by the writer in 1935, 1937, 1939, and 1943, shows extremely interesting phases in the competition of Entelea with recognised weeds. In this clearing the three great ecological classes of plants in modified coastal forest—dominants, undergrowth species, and opportunist “invaders“—are represented. Table 3 and Graph 2 give a statistical analysis. The following notes may be added:—(1) In 1935 Solanum, Haloragis, Parietaria, and Pteridium, all vigorous “weeds,” were abundant, but many Entelea had already far outstripped them, and by 1937, with the help of other species, especially Macropiper, had virtually extinguished them. (2) The phase of most intense competition among species other than the above-mentioned, and the closing of the clearing by them, came not between 1935 and 1937 (Table 2), but between 1937 and 1939. This was due mainly to the delaying effect of the “weed” growth and to the strong light admitted to the clearing (forest canopy only 5 m. high). (3) The deaths of several large Entelea between 1939 and 1943 initiated a second cycle of invasion, by diverse types of plants, and of competition. (4) The second generation Entelea were weak (cf. p. 285). (5) Corynocarpus will eventually strongly dominate the area.

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Table 3. Analysis of Clearing in Modified Mixed Coastai Forest on Taranga.
Species. '35 '37 '39 '43 Remarks.
Entelea arborescens 70 50 14+1 6+5 In 1935 to 2 m. high; in 1943 to 6 m., trunks to 40 cm. diameter.
Pteridium esculentum Scores of fronds in 1935, a few, dying, in '37, none later.
Solanum niyrum 85 0 0 0 Perhaps indigenous var., Allan, 1940, p. 197.
Haloragis crecta 56 4 0 0
Parietaria debilis 21 0 0 0
Phytolacca octandra 0 0 0 8 Under dead Entelea.
Urtica ferox 0 0 0 8 To 2 m. high.
Sicyos angulata 0 0 0 2 Growing oven Entelea, killing one and threatening to overwhelm all other plants save Corynocarpus and Paratrophis.
Muehlenbeckia australis 0 0 0 1 Growing vigorously on Macropiper.
Suttonia australis 0 0 2 14 In 1943 to 3 m. high.
Nothopanax arboreum 0 0 0 3
Macropiper excelsum 42 40 23 20 In 1943 to 5 m. high, trunks to 8 cm. diameter.
Coprosma australis 9 9 5 3 In 1935 to 1 m. high; in 1943 to 2.5 m. high.
Coprosma macrocarpa 5 5 5 4+1? In 1935 to 1 m. high; in 1943 to 2.5 m. high.
Corynocarpus laevigata 10 10+6 7+3 7+54 In 1935 to 1.5 m. high; in 1943 the most notable plant save Entelea—to 5 m. high—seedlings throughout clearing.
Paratrophis opaca 1 1 1 1 In 1935 2m. high; in 1943 6 m.
Beilschmiedia taua 0 0 0 2 15 cm. and 35 cm. high.

Trees only were felled in the clearings discussed above, and the clearings were then left undisturbed. Rarely are mainland clearings not subjected to some kind of animal interference, and this has made

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Fig. 1. Typical small tree of Entelea on slip on Waitakere Stream, Auckland. Ge [ unclear: ] niostoma and Freycinetia at left, Aristotelia and Coprosma robusta at right, Blechnum procerum below.
Fig. 2. Largest recorded specimen of Entelea (15 m. high) in virgin, mixed, coastal forest, Taranga. Other trees are Co [ unclear: ] rynocwpus. undergrowth mainly of Macropiper.
Fig. 3. Two Entelea, pattlv fallen from summit to huge rock, growing toward gap in forest root, Taranga. Further explanation in text. Part of long cord-like root at right. quarter-way up.
Fig. 4. “Laanord” Entelea at base of andesitic rock mass in Taranga mixed forest Explanation in text. Floor carpet of Asplemum lucidum (left) and A lamprophyllum (centre).

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Fig. 1. Clearing No. 1. virgin, mixed, coastal forest, Taranga, December, 1935, 2 years after establishment. Note felled Beilschmiedia tarea Regrowth mainly Entelea (centre), and Macropiper (left and right)—see Table 1. Ground ferns are Isplenium lucidum and A. lamprophylium (foreground) and Polystichum richardi (right centre).
Fig. 2. The same, nearly 14 months later (January, 1937). Entelea, 2–4 m. high, profoundly domnant
Fig. 3. The same, 1 years 6 months later (May, 1939) Entelea some 10 m. high, with crowns in forest root. Note already dead trees and openness of clearing at lower levels Slender, back stems are those of Macropiper.
Fig. 4. The same 7 years 3 months later (March, 1943). Eight living Entelea, several moribund, alone remain. Note persisting Macropiper, vigorous Rhopalastylis, last remains of original Beilschmiedia taiva.

Note—These photographs were all taken from exactly the same spot, but the viewpoint in Figs. 2, 3, and 4 is necessarily a little higher than in Fig. 1.

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Fig. 1. Fire clearing, approx. 50 × 30 m., above cliffs near north end of Omapu Beach, Mayor Island (Map 2, C). established in the summer of 1934–5 and photographed January, 1942. Over 2,000 dying Entelea, 5–7 m. high, were present in this relatively small area.
Fig. 2. Broad, shallow gully, Mayor Island (Map 2. G), filled with dense regrowth (especially Entelea) after fire. Photographed December, 1936. Foreground Metrosideros excelsa (also recolonising ridge towards 1—M), centre Aristotelia (A), below this Coriaria arborca (C), and ext [ unclear: ] r. Melicytus ramiflorus (R). Groundmass is Entelea (E).
Fig. 3. The same, photographed from the same spot, 3 years later (January, 1942). Many of the trees labelled in Fig. 2. can be recognised (M and A particularly striking). At L (above and left of centre) Leptospermum cricoides is [ unclear: ] lecolomising relatively drv, leached ridge. Note. in distance, dark spires of Knightia excelsa.
Fig. 4. The same, interior view. Senescent Entelea, and rotting remains of others, everywhere. In left foreground a small clump of young and feeble Entelea, in right foreground Uncinia sp., right centre E [ unclear: ] rigcron canadensis, and extreme left trunk of Coprosma robusta.

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Graph 2.—Composition changes in clearing in modified mixed coastal forest on Taranga between 1935 and 1943

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it impossible to study confidently numerous small clearings with all plants cut down. It is clear, however, that in forest where Entelea is still abundant, successions in such clearings often follow broadly the pattern outlined in Graph 2. The Coromandel Ranges, where piecemeal felling of coastal forest is nearing the end, have given particularly fine examples of the reaction of Entelea to this type of interference. For instance, about 1927, when a foot-track was cut through forest near Stony Bay, a dense growth of Entelea sprang up (settlers say) on both sides of the track, even on the thrown-out spoil. In 1937 the writer found hardly a vestige of the plant; sheep ran on the land.

(β) On a Large Scale: Rarely, unless the area is particularly sheltered, is Entelea as successful as in small clearings. Only one example has been seen where fire and animals did not complicate study. This is a few kilometres north of Muriwai, where in the summer of 1935–36, low mixed forest, fenced off from cattle, had been cut down and left. By May, 1937, Entelea, 1–1.5 m. high, were dotted about among a dense growth of exotic and indigenous weeds, Macropiper, Brachyglottis, Coprosma robusta, and Corynocarpus. A re-examination of the area in 1945 revealed that it had been laid down in grass.

Forest felling on a large scale, particularly where wind is strong, may act against, as well as for, Entelea. In March, 1937, 8 km. south of Port Charles (Coromandel), scores of small and large Entelea were dying of drought on the summits of rock masses exposed by forest clearing. Coprosma spp. and Macropiper were still vigorous.

(2) Interference by Fire.

(α) On a Small Scale: Destruction of small areas of forest by fire stimulates Entelea as nothing else can do. Unfortunately, no small fire-clearing in virgin forest has been seen. But at the S.W. corner of Taranga there is a low headland covered with a still-advancing, induced forest (4–12 m. high) of Beilschmiedia tawa, Corynocarpus, Melicytus ramiflorus, Nothopanax arboreum, and other species (p. 281). Cranwell and Moore (1935) do not mention this community, but according to Mr. E. Stead, who camped on Taranga in 1909–10, the headland was then clothed with grass and scattered plants of Leptospermum ericoides. Entelea had not then appeared. In 1935, however, there were scores of huge trees (to 12 m. high), mostly solitary and senescent, scattered among the young forest growth, especially along a line some 200 m. from the shore. Here the original clearing, made presumably by fire, stopped against the virgin forest and here the first Entelea would have sprung up in the protection of the rapidly-moving second growth. By 1939 hardly a large Entelea was left. It is clear that even under the most favourable conditions the life cycle of Entelea is traversed in less than 25 years, often much less (p. 275).

Where fire-clearings are made in non-virgin forest, Entelea usually has to compete with a variety of aggressive, ecologically similar species. All round the coasts of the North Island, north of Lat. 38°, cases of phenomenal success have been found. On Mayor Island, for instance (at C, Map 2), the fire of 1934–35 mentioned

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below, had eaten three small clearings into the already somewhat modified Metrosideros-mixed forest behind the cliffs at the north end of Omapu Beach. When these clearings were first examined by the writer (December, 1936) a regrowth of Entelea, Solanum aviculare, and Haloragis erecta had completely taken possession of them. Great thickets of Entelea (to 2.5 m. high) had already almost choked out the Haloragis. By December, 1937, the Solanum, too, had gone, and the forest of Entelea saplings was 4–5 m. high. By January, 1942, the Entelea themselves, 5–7 m. high, with trunks 3–15 cm. diameter, were dying everywhere. There were over 2,000 of them in the largest clearing, 50 × 30 m. (Pl. 27, Fig. 1). Although the brilliantly lit ground was covered with innumerable Entelea capsules, not a single seedling was to be found. The only other plants were a few poor specimens of Coprosma robusta, Suttonia australis, Haloragis erecta, and Pteridium. This re-emphasises (p. 275; also below) how an initially great success by Entelea will jeopardise long-continued existence by impoverishing and drying out the ground and paving the way for the entry of a poorer type of vegetation. In the third clearing, too, events proved most interesting. In 1936 partly-burnt trees of Metrosideros were coming again into leaf above the tangle of weeds and Entelea. By 1942 the former had gone, a few Entelea only persisted, and the undergrowth was typically Suttonia, Geniostoma, and Coprosma species.

On the mainlaid hundreds of fire-clearings with Entelea have been seen. Rarely, however, does regrowth remain long undisturbed. Gradually, as a rule, periodic fires eat into the still-standing forest, animals follow, stimulating hemicryptophytic grass growth, and a vegetation arises in which Entelea has no place. In the Coromandels, for instance, farmers recall the occupation, 20–30 years ago, of innumerable forest clearings by dense growths of Entelea: numerous small induced slips were strikingly colonised by the plant. To-day Entelea, in many places, is becoming rare. Fires are still frequent, slips are more common than before, but the first colonisers are not Entelea but grasses and exotic weeds such as the drought-enduring Verbascum thapsus.

(β) On a Large Scale: About 1917–18 Wirimu Eruiti felled and burned some 25 hectares of forest on Mayor Island (Map 2). Cattle were pastured for a year or so. The island was then abandoned, two horses only being left. Regeneration went on rapidly (Sladden, 1926, p. 203) until an unfortunate fire in 1934–35 took almost the whole of the originally cleared area (Map 2). But the regrowth in the gullies largely escaped and tells the story of the succession, at least in these areas.

In 1936 (Pl. 27, Fig. 2) most gully bottoms were filled with a dense mixed growth of young trees—Entelea, Aristotelia, Melicytus ramiflorus, Coriaria arborea, etc. The first was easily the most conspicuous species; but the most critical point in its life history had been reached, for the trees (only 2–4 m. high in these rather dry, sunny gullies) were no longer growing, and the canopied Melicytus, and especially Aristotelia (with leaves up to 30 cm. long!), were still vigorous. By 1942 (Pl. 27, Fig. 3) most Entelea had been shaded out or were dying. Pl. 27, Fig. 4 shows an interior view

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which once more indicates that where the growth of Entelea has been particularly rich, there no sturdy second generation will arise, but rather a poorer type of vegetation.

On the mainland, where conditions for plant growth are rarely as ideal as on Mayor Island, the destruction of forest by fire, with or without felling, on a relatively large scale, will often induce a heavy growth of Leptospermum (scoparium, usually). Often there must be viable seeds of Entelea in the altered soil after the fire (Part II); but conditions are too severe for ecesis. Sooner or later, as a rule, man will establish grassland. Where holdings are mismanaged and understocked, however, Leptospermum will return. In several places Entelea, which had vanished with the first severe fire, is reappearing, the natural cycle—grassland, scrubland, regenerating forest—having reached its final phase.

The time taken for Entelea to return after cleared and grazed country has been abandoned varies enormously according to circumstances. On Mayor Island (above) Entelea was back in a few years. On Little Barrier Island however, a Leptospermum forest, which began to replace grass just before 1900, is still without Entelea, although numerous other forest plants are present (Hamilton, 1937, pp. 3639). On Taranga, if the very tall Leptospermum forest (Map 1, L), in which Entelea seems a relative newcomer, has really existed since the Maori occupation (Cranwell and Moore, 1935, p. 307), it appears that there it has probably taken Entelea about a century to re-occupy the areas where it once occurred in forest. The sheltered conditions on Taranga, while long preventing forest from displacing the Leptospermum, has allowed Entelea to come in before true forest has regenerated, instead of after, as is the rule.

(3) Direct Relation of Entelea to Herbivores.

Entelea is “greedily eaten by cattle and horses, and consequently fast becoming rare on the mainland….” (Cheeseman, 1925, p. 560).

Goats have virtually wiped out the species on Great King Island (“Will Watch” Expedition, 1932, unpub.). On Otata Island (Hauraki Gulf) rabbits will soon similarly account for it. Again and again, however, the writer has seen sheep, horses, and cattle browsing among young, untouched Entelea. Repeated observations, at different seasons, leave little doubt that herbivores are a real menace to Entelea only when the normal food supply runs low.

Summing up Section (a) (page 281).

(1) Clearing of forest by felling, or by fire, on a relatively small scale, where conditions favour the growth of Entelea, and where the area is then left undisturbed, involves (a) a great increase in the Entelea population followed by (b) a rapid fall almost to zero, and (c) a slow rise to normal frequency as the second growth trees mature and form new clearings by their fall. (2) Continued small-scale interference will eventually produce the same effect as destruction on an originally large and intense scale; but Entelea may for many years be most successful (p. 285). (3) Forest destruction on an initially large scale often, even where the area is then left undisturbed, involves an immediate drop in the Entelea population to zero and an interval of uncertain duration before the plant

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slowly returns (p. 286). Finally, regarding man's activities in general, it may be said that his working is first to favour the growth and distribution of Entelea, since his breaking-in of forest is usually piecemeal, then to limit the plant's opportunities, and finally to extinguish it altogether.

(b) Coastal Forest Dominated by Metrosideros excelsa.

On Taranga this almost virgin association (p. 280) has been modified in several places, presumably by fire. In the more exposed places a heavy growth of Leptospermum spp. has been induced in which Entelea has no place In a few, more sheltered, places there is a low mixed growth of Myoporum, Melicytus ramiflorus, Macropiper, Coprosma spp., and other plants, in which Entelea is only occasional. Similar happenings have been common on the mainland; but animal activity has obscured the true rôle of Entelea.

(c) Coastal Forest Dominated by Corynocarpus laevigata.

Interference with even remotely primitive forest has nowhere been seen. It would be difficult to analyse accurately the occasional occurrence to-day of Entelea in this association.

II. Lowland Rain Forest.

The following account is based chiefly on an intensive investigation of the Waitakerei Ranges, where every stream valley has been explored, secondarily upon a less detailed examination of many of the remnants of lowland forest near the coasts of the remainder of the North Island and of Great Barrier Island (1939, 1941).

Entelea does not occur in the body of lowland forest even when heavy rainfall and shelter maintain this community only a few kilometres from the sea, e.g., Piha Valley, Great Barrier Island, and especially Little Barrier Island (Hamilton, 1937, pp. 5255, 81). One cogent reason lies in the nature of the undergrowth. Light suddenly let into this forest falls, not upon ground largely ready for colonisation, as often in coastal forest, but upon a mass of struggling undergrowth (Cockayne, 1928, p. 154) which immediately springs, with intensification of competition, into renewed growth. Into such a community an opportunist invader like Entelea has only the remotest chance of entry.

Entelea can, however, penetrate lowland forest, up to 8 km. from the sea (Waitakerei Ranges), along sunny, sheltered, broadly open, river valleys, for there open ground is found—slips (Pl. 25, Fig. 1), scrolls, etc. (p. 279). There are many beautiful examples in the Waitakerei Ranges. Chief rivals to Entelea are Aristotelia, Hoheria populnea, Coprosma, robusta, Dicksonia squarrosa, and Blechnum procerum. The ecological relationships of Entelea and Aristotelia are strikingly different from those on Mayor Island. Although Aristotelia usually eventually overtops Entelea, its habit is so open, and leaves relatively small and few, that the latter species often survives.

This, however, is not the whole explanation of the place of Entelea in lowland forest, for, even on large slips or in man-made clearings away from streams, the plant is never found, though Aristotelia

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is abundant. Probably Entelea cannot compete here with its rival because of its extreme sensitivity, under stress of competition, to even slight cold (p. 272).

The Ecological status of Entelea.

Entelea, in forest, is essentially an opportunist, and in a given spot a transient, species. Its importance is great only in seres, which it may dominate for a time (p. 275), modify (p. 275), even divert (p. 285). The characteristics which cause it to be an effective seral agent are, briefly: (1) Ability to seize quickly upon ground where light has been temporarily let into the forest. (2) Tremendous rate of growth (p. 271). (3) Early adoption, often, of an umbrageous canopy habit. (4) Marked powers of regeneration of lost parts. (5) Precocity in fruiting (p. 272). (6) Enormous seed production, especially when about to die. A dying tree in the garden of Mr. J. Stanton, Auckland, was estimated to have produced in 1945 some 1,100,000 seeds (Part II). (7) Seeds able to germinate as soon as capsules open (Ibid.). (8) Seeds shed from tree through whole year (Ibid.). (9) Seeds lying in, even on, the ground may remain alive for many years (Ibid.). (10) Surprising resistance to, and stimulation of, such seeds by fire (Ibid.). It will be noted that these characteristics are largely those of many successful weeds.

The writer wishes gratefully to thank all who have given information on forest burning and clearing, especially Mr. B. Sladden for his notes on, and map of, Mayor Island.

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