Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

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

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

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

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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

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Elingamita johnsonii

Botanical name:  Elingamita johnsonii
Common name:  Elingamita
Height:  4 metres

Elingamita johnsonii close up of flowers

A spreading tree with leaves that look like a Karaka, Corynocarpus laevigatusTiny yellowish flowers appear in clusters in summer.  They are visited by small insects.  The ripe fruit is a red skinned drupe which has white flesh and a single seed.  It is said to be edible, the flesh tasting like an oily, salty apple.

In its wild state elingamita is restricted to a small area on one rocky island (West Island) and two very small rock islets (the Princes) in the Three Kings Group. 

Derivation of the botanical name

The steamship Elingamite (2585 tons) left Sydney 5-11-1902 for New Zealand, with 136 passengers and 59 crew.  On 9-11-1902, in dense fog, the Elingamite struck West Island in the Three Kings Group and sank within 20 minutes.  45 lives were lost.

Magnus Earle Johnson (1885 – 1976) was a World War I hero.  He was awarded the military cross and bar and reached the rank of captain.  He later became a major and retired from the army in 1940.

He collected specimens of elingamita in 1950.  He took his little keeler “Rosemary” on at least 8 expeditions to the Three Kings with botanists and students as crew.  His seamanship allowed the natural history of the islands and their steep offshore stacks to be thoroughly explored.  The seaweed, Sargassum johnsonii, special to the area is also named after him.  Elingamita is closely related to mapou, Myrsine australis.


Photography by Neil Davies © (leaves, top right), Warren Brewer © (flowers, bottom left and fruit, bottom right)