Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

Bush Clematis

Botanical name:  Clematis paniculata
Maori name:  Puawhananga
Common name:  Bush clematis 

ClematisThe genus Clematis contains about 250 species, all vines, mainly occurring in temperate regions.

New Zealand has 9 species, all endemic, with white or greenish yellow flowers. They are all dioecious (separate male and female plants).

Puawhananga has bouquets of starry white blossoms in early spring which show as splashes of white among the green treetops of our forests.

The flowers do not have true petals but are formed by sepals (a normally green and leaf-like whorl of floral parts which surround the base of the petals). The flowers on male vines are larger and more showy. On female vines clusters of seeds, each with a long curved plume, start forming after flowering.

Clematis belongs in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). Ranunculus is Latin for a little frog (tadpole) referring to the swampy habitat of some species.

Puawhananga means “spirit flower”. 

Photography by Eve Manning ©