Ribbonwood

Around the edges of the estuary are dark-coloured, almost leafless, twiggy shrubs. They look almost dead, but in spring are covered in sweetly scented flowers. They are named marsh ribbonwood, Plagianthus divaricatus, or mākaka, referring to the bent stems. If they grow densely mākaka can take the force of wind-blown waves and catch driftwood, creating a fertile edge to the estuary and forming a good habitat for wetland birds like fernbird and pūkeko.

Ribbonwood

Ribbonwood