Climbers in the forest

The Riparian forest runs along the banks of the creek in the moist fertile soil,  prickly currant bush(Coprosma quadrifida) forms a tunnel and climbers proliferate in this gully, their scrambling habit ensuring they receive maximum light.   Mountain silk pod (Parsonsia brownii) is a tall climber with lanceolate leaves which is covering a dead Blackwood tree on the left hand side of the path. Pods contain a mass of silky hairs around the seeds.

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Other climbers include forest clematis,

Another climber is forest clematis (Clematis aristata), these plants obtain maximum light for photosynthesis by clambering over tall plants .

Clematis aristata is found throughout the gully.  Young leaves are distinctively striped and the vines are a mass of flowers in the spring.  It is often known as old man’s beard due to the soft parachute hairs around the seeds.

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