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Tree Information x

Identifier: AR/0037
Historical Reg No: 033
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Oliver, W.R.B
Registration Category: Notable tree – National interest
General Notes:

Located at the former D.S.I.R research institute. 'Probably planted by JA. Hunter. This is the tree from which the 'type' specimen' (National Museum Wellington) was taken. The tree is of major scientific interest. The species is restricted to the Three Kings and Poor Knights Islands and was listed as rare at the time of registration' (Oliver 1982).
'On Norfolk Island, C. obtecta grows in forest on Mt. Bates, Mt. Pitt, and generally in the National Park. In New Zealand it was first described as C. kaspar and was thought to be restricted to the Three Kings Islands, 55 km north of the North Island. Later it was found on the North Island at North Cape, and on Murimotu Island and the Poor Knights Islands. In 2005, C. kaspar was relegated to synonymy with C. obtecta (Wikipedia 2011). The specimen still carries the former name on the plaque at this location.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Cordyline
Species: obtecta
Common names: Three Kings cabbage tree,
Height: 5.00m
Height measurement method: Tape Drop
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 111 cm
Girth measurement height: 0.35 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 35.3 cm
Crown Spread A: 4.00m
Crown Spread B: 4.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 4.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: circa 1950
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 74 years
Tree Health Description: (none)
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 63
Local Protection Status: Unknown
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
01 Jan 1982 Oliver WRB


Lat/Long: -36.890716294206605 / 174.72644448280334
Location Name: Plant & Food Research Centre
Address: 120 Mt. Albert Rd
Suburb: Mt. Albert
City/Town: Auckland
Region: Auckland
Location Description: No general public access. People wishing to view the specimen should ask permission and seek direction from the main office.
Public Accessibility: Commercial
Local Authority: Auckland Council


Preview Credit Date
Kit Twinch 16 Jun 2011
Kit Twinch 16 Jun 2011
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