hard beech, tawhairaunui
Fagus truncata Colenso, Nothofagus truncata (Colenso) Cockayne
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 bluntly-toothed leaves that only occasionally have a small hairy pit at the junction of the veins. Leaves 2.5-3.5cm long, teeth irregular in size. Flowers and fruit small and usually inconspicuous but change colour of tree when in flower.
References and further reading
Anonymous. 1946. Note on Nothofagus truncata. Auckland Botanical Society Journal, 3: 5-6
Anonymous. 1957. Construction of key for the genus Nothofagus. Auckland Botanical Society Journal, 14: 2-3
Cameron, E.K. 1997. Distribution of beech in the Waitakere Ranges. Auckland Botanical Society Journal, 52: 68-72.
Greenwood, R.M. 1959. Hard beech in the Tararuas. Wellington Botanical Society Bulletin, 31: 15-18
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
Rogan, D. 1999. New northern limit for hard beech Nothofagus truncata. Auckland Botanical Society Journal, 54: 1