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P hallii Kirk

Synonyms
P. totara var. hallii (Kirk) Pilger
? P. cunninghamii Col

Very closely akin to P. totara, this tree is of smaller stature and only from 25 to 60 ft high; the bark, too, is thinner and papery and, according to Kirk, it is easily detached in large sheets. When young it is very distinct in its foliage, some of the largest leaves being 1{3/4} in. long by {1/4} in. wide, sharply pointed and linear-lanceolate in shape. On adult trees they become smaller, only {1/2} to 1 in. long and {1/8} in. wide, and more abruptly pointed. On young trees the leaves are mostly arranged distichously, i.e., in two opposite rows; on older ones all round the shoot. The branching of young trees is also looser and weaker. The flowers do not differ greatly from those of P. totara, and there seems to be no reliable difference between the two species in their adult leaves. But the seeds differ, those of P. totara being obtuse or rounded at the apex, while in P. hallii they are narrow-ovoid and acute at the apex. Intermediate forms are said to occur.Native of North and South Islands and of Stewart Island. Between this species and P. totara there is considerable overlap in distribution and the two may occur together in the same forest. But, according to Cockayne, P. hallii occurs generally at higher altitudes than its relative and is sometimes found in stunted form in subalpine forest. Its timber is similar to that of P. totara, but not of such high quality.

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