Carpodetus Serratus J. R. et G. Forst. Char. Gen. Pl. 1776, 34, t. 17
Putaputaweta, (full of weta holes) Punaweta, Kaiweta
Derivation:Carpodetus= seeds bound together; serratus=leaves with toothed edges
The longitudinal holes in the wood, frequently used as homes by weta, are in fact made by the caterpillars of the ghost moth, Hepialis virescens
The best local examples of this are at Omeru Reserve, Makarau, on SH16, where a largish tree is on the right of the driveway in, towards the bottom of the hill. Smaller juvenile forms are common along the edges of the creeks.
A juvenile example of this by the side of the creek is more bronze.
The juvenile form has more marked serrations. Here is an enlarged leaf from the above.
Here are some flowers. Note that they vary in petal numbers.
NZ Flora Information
Species Carpodetus serratus