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..

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

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


Botanical name:  Pseudopanax arboreus
Maori name:  Puahou, Whauwhaupaku
Common name:  Five Finger
Height:  8 metres

Five finger

A small tree with sturdy spreading branches. The leaves are on stout stalks and are composed of five to seven leaflets.

The small flowers are concentrated into compound umbels, making them more visible to birds and insects. 

Five finger is dioecious (male and female on separate trees).The male flowers have greenish-yellow petals and conspicuous yellow tipped stamens radiate out beyond their margins.

A very concentrated nectar is produced which attracts tui, bellbirds, hihi and silvereyes. Small insects also visit and these may be sought after by whiteheads.

The female flowers are smaller than the male. They drop their petals soon after opening leaving just a large ovary with two styles on top. They produce only a small amount of nectar, mainly attracting insects.

Puahou flowers in winter June / July providing an important food source on the 

The genus Pseudopanax belongs in the ivy family, Araliaceae.


Photos above by Eve Manning © (top, male flower buds) and Peter Craw © (male flowers stowing radiating stamens)

Photos left by Warren Brewer ©. Top: Female buds and flowers; note lack of stamens. Some flowers have already lost their petals and the ovaries are already swelling to form fruit.
Bottom: Ripe fruit.