Monday 18th. On the Ridge grove yesterday saw 2 fine trees the “Rata” Metrosideros robusta and M. tomentosa said to have fine red blossoms. Magnificent smooth-barked shafts, much buttressed at base and smooth and round from 10 to 12 feet above ground to branches 50 or 75 feet above ground. Nearly every tree is decked with a handsome, single glossy-leaved climber like Vaccinium andromedifolia, red flowers in clusters, clings and climbs from rootlets from all a [? ]; stem simple, often for 30 flowers or more, rope-like as thick at top as bottom; branches often equal in size and parallel, gray [grey?] color, wood exceedingly tough, though light, and makes fine elastic canes. This fine bright cheery-looking plant often outlives the tree that holds it aloft and never troubles parting with their
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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