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 (/..

Akepiro

Botanical name:  Olearia furfuracea
Maori name:  Akepiro
Common name:  Tree daisy
Height:  5 metres

Olearia - akepiro

Akepiro is found growing in scrubland and along steamsides in the upper half of the North Island. It forms a bushy small tree with leathery dark green leaves which often have toothed margins. The leaves' undersides have a dense, light brown covering of short hairs called tomentum. Flowering occurs from mid-spring to mid-summer with many flower heads composed of 5-12 small white florets. Seeds with tufts of hair are formed in late summer:they are wind dispersed.


The genus Olearia contains about 180 species which are found in Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea. New Zealand has 32 endemic species.

Olearia is the Latinised name of a German botanist. Furfuracea means bran-like or scurfy, describing the tomentum on the leaves' undersides.

Photographs: seed heads (above) by Neil Davies © and flowers (left) by Warren Brewer ©