Pseudopanax ferox (toothed lancewood)
Pseudopanax ferox, known as the toothed lancewood, is a rare tree of lowland forest and scrub throughout New Zealand. It is very like P.crassifloius, with the same pattern of growth but grows at a much slower rate. The leaves of the juvenile stage differ by having strongly toothed leaf margins and the leaf colour can vary even more strikingly. It doesn’t grow quite as tall as P.crassifolius and adult leaves are shorter, however the juvenile’s dramatic impact is probably greater still. The trunk of older plants develop an attractive braided appearance. Toothed lancewood can tolerate very dry conditions and is prone to root rot if the soil is to wet.