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 (/..

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 ©