John Muir


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February 23. Stopped four miles below Dargaville on advice of a friendly Kauri man. Pinus insignis and Cupressus macrocarpa grow very large here, some three feet in diameter, dark green, wide spreading. Also noticed two magnolias in bloom, grandiflors [Magnolia grandiflora] in garden. Grand forest of black pine (Prumnopitys taxifolia, Matai) across the Wairoa River. Started for Kaihu at 10:30am, arrived after noon few minutes. After luncheon had instructive walk in woods where lumbering is going on. A rough hillside, densely forested with Kauri. Rimu [Dacrydium cupressinum], white pine [Dacrycarpus dacrydioides, Kahikatea], Totara [Podocarpus totara], Tarara [Taraire, Beilschmiedia tarairi], “cedar”, tree fern, pukatea [Laurelia novae-zealandia] etc., etc. tied with vines. Large Rata tree, cone vine, now five feet in diameter and covered with two other species of Rata, or one. Another formed smooth trunk, four feet in diameter, with thick grey papery bark around nine inches in diamet

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