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Karaka or Corynocarpus Laevigatus belongs to the family Corynocarpaceae

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Karaka which is also known as Corynocarpus Laevigatus is an evergreen laurifolia tree belonging to the family Corynocarpaceae.

Overview of Karaka or Corynocarpus Laevigatus

• This tree has large glossy leaves.
• This tree is endemic to New Zealand.
• Here, it is widespread in mainly coastal situations.
• These trees forms a major component of coastal forest.
• Sometimes Karaka occurs inland.
• The original distribution of this tree is unclear.
• The tree is found commonly in the North and South Islands to Banks Peninsula and Okarito.
• This tree has orange fruit.
• It is produced in summer.
• These berries contain highly poisonous kernels.
• Karaka is a leafy canopy tree.
• The tree has erect or spreading branches.
• This tree grows up to a height of 15 ms.
• The tree has a stout trunk.
• The trunk can grow up to 1 m in diameter.
• The leaves are thick and leathery.
• The leaves are dark green from above and paler from beneath.
• The tree leaves grow 50 to 200mm wide and 30 to 70 mm wide.
• The leaves are glossy.
• There arise panicles of flowers that are tiny in winter and spring.
• This is around August to November.
• The petioles are 10–15 mm long.
• The flowers are 4 to 5 mm in diameter.
• The flowers are greenish-cream to off-white or pale yellow.
• The fruit is ovoid or ellipsoid.
• They are drupes that are 25 to 46 mm long.
• They are pale yellow to orange flesh in color.
• The fruit ripens in summer and autumn.

Scientific classification of Karaka or Corynocarpus Laevigatus

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Magnoliids
• (unranked) : Rosidae
• Order : Cucurbitales
• Family : Corynocarpaceae
• Genus : Corynocarpus
• Species : C. laevigatus
• Binomial name : Corynocarpus laevigatus

Growing/Caring conditions

• Karaka should be planted in sun or shade.
• This tree can be grown inside.
• It is about 6-10 metres tall when mature.
• The seeds can be collected from beneath the tree.
• They are usually more in number in January or February,
• They can also be picked directly from the tree upon ripening.
• The seeds should not dry out.
• They should be sown in a deep seed tray directly.
• They can be stored for some months.
• This can be done by storing in a moist plastic bag in the fridge.
• They are quick to germinate.
• They need about 2 months for germination.
• This tree has a long tap root.
• Care must be taken while transplanting the seedling.
• It should be seen that it not to break this root.
• The container should be deep enough to allow the tap root.
• The tap root should be able to reach about 15cm on a 20cm.

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