Milk tree

The milk tree is tropical and very local, reaching its southern limit in Tasman and Golden Bay. It is named for the white juice that flows from a bark wound, juice that was used as milk in former times.

The plant is rare now and adult trees are mostly restricted to islands in the park, especially Tonga. Seedlings establish in a few places along the track but seem to survive for only a few years.

 

Milk tree

Milk tree