Fagus fusca Hook. f., Nothofagus fusca (Hook.f.) Oerst.
Vascular – Native
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
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2n = 26
Current conservation status
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley.
2012 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Tall forest tree bearing masses of small sharply-toothed leaves that also have a small hairy pit at the junction of the veins. Trunk flaky. Leaves 2-4cm long. Flowers and fruit small and usually inconspicuous but change colour of tree when in flower.
North and South Islands - 37° southwards, except Mount Egmont.
Lowland to montane forest.
Tree up to 30 metres tall; trunk up to 2 metres or more in diameter, often strongly buttressed. Leaves rather thin, coriaceous, 20-40 × 15-25 mm., on petioles up to 4 mm. long; lamina glabrous except on veins below, broad-ovate to ovate-oblong, coarsely, rather deeply sharply serrate with 6-8 pairs of teeth; venation distinct; fringed domatia 1-2 in basal vein axils. Staminate inflorescences 1-8 per branchlet; peduncles glabrous, up to 4 mm. long, bearing 1-3 or rarely 5 subsessile flowers. Perianth 5 mm. long, campanulate; shallowly obtusely 5 lobed, sparsely to rather densely pubescent. Stamens 8-11; anthers 3 mm. long, red, yellow, or straw coloured. Pistillate inflorescences 1-5 per branchlet, sessile, ovoid to globose, 3 mm. long, glabrate, usually 3-flowered. Lateral flowers trimerous, terminal dimerous; stigmas ligulate, distinctly bilobed. Cupule pubescent, 4-partite; segments attenuate, up to 10 mm. long; glands between segments and bracts. Nuts 7 mm. long, triquetrous or flat; wings broad at base, attenuate.
September – December
November - March
fusca: Brown tinged with grey or black
Description adapted by M. Ward from Allan (1961).
References and further reading
Allan, H. H. 1961 Flora of New Zealand. Volume I. Wellington, N. Z. pg. 398.
Anonymous. 1957. Construction of key for the genus Nothofagus. Auckland Botanical Society Journal, 14: 2-3
Greenwood, R.M. 1951. The Red Beech. Wellington Botanical Society Bulletin, 25: 6-9.
Heenan, P.B.; Smissen, R.D. 2013: Revised circumscription of Nothofagus and recognition of the segregate genera Fuscospora, Lophozonia, and Trisyngyne (Nothofagaceae). Phytotaxa 146: 1-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.146.1.1