2019 Concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2019

OrigiNZ, the tartan taonga are returning for the 2019 concert. Click..

Tiri's three unique foghorns

Date posted: 01-Feb-2019

Our next social event will take place on Monday 18th March when Carl Hayson and ..

Young Conservation Superstars win awards!

Date posted: 27-Jan-2019

Gabriel Barbosa and teacher Kate Asher, a team leader who co..

Entries for the 2019 photo competition

Date posted: 19-Jan-2019

We are now taking entries for the 2019 photographic competition. You can enter u..

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

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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..

Pirita - Green Mistletoe

 

Botanical name:  Ileostylus micranthus
Maori name:  Pirita
Common name:  Green mistletoe


Pirita, a member of the mistletoe family, is described as a woody, epiphytic, much branched hemiparasite. Its leathery green leaves use photosynthesis to produce the sugar and starch necessary for plant cell formation. It also uses its attachment to the host plant to tap into sap channels to get water and mineral salts. It can form several of these attachments which are called haustoria. From September to December, pirita produces tiny greenish yellow flowers which are pollinated by insects. Following pollination small berries ripen to a bright yellow from December to April. The berries are sweet and juicy and were eaten by Maori.

Pirita is spread mainly by birds, who eat the berries and then wipe their bills on tree-bark to remove the sticky seeds. The seeds get lodged in cracks in the bark and germinate there.

Only two pirita plants have so far been found on Tiritiri. They are attached to Karo (Pittosporum crassifolium). It is hoped that sharped-eyed botanists visiting the Island will discover more.



Photography by Warren Brewer © (buds, top, and flowers, bottom).