New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

Akeake

Botanical name:  Dodonaea viscosa
Maori name:  Akeake
Height:  7 metres

Akeake is a shrub or small tree found in coastal and lowland forest and scrubland throughout the North Island and to the middle of the South Island.

  

Genus Dodonaea contains about 70 species and is widespread in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions, including Australia and New Zealand.  It is most strongly represented in Australia which has about 60 species.


Akeake is probably unique amongst our native flowering trees by having a cosmopolitan distribution in Africa, America, Southern Asia and the Pacific.  Elsewhere akeake is known as hopseed, aalii (Hawaii) and sticky hopbush (Australia).

AkeakeAkeake has separate male and female plants.  Their flowers do not have petals.  As each male flower opens 8 – 10 stamens uncoil and spread outwards.  Female flowers have a furry ovary topped by 2 – 3 conspicuous elongated stigmas.  Mature fruit from female trees becomes a 2 – 3 winged capsule.


Flowering occurs through spring to midsummer, fruiting from late spring to early autumn.


Akeake means everlasting, describing the durability of its timber which Maori used to make war clubs and other fighting weapons.  Akeake belongs in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) which also includes the fruit tree lychee.

 
Photography by Warren Brewer © (top right, female with winged seed cap) Peter Craw © (bottom left, male pannicle)