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 (/..

Hibiscus Diversifolius

Botanical name: Hibiscus diversifolius
Common name:  Prickly hibiscus 
Height: 1 metre

Prickly hibiscus is a native and occurs naturally in the northern most extremity of the North Island. It forms stems which can be about one metre tall and are woody at the base. The stems and leaf stalks can have sharp prickles as well as bristly hairs. The leaves are three-to-five-lobed and are rough to touch. Flowering occurs from September to April. The attractive flowers have pale lemon- yellow petals with purple centres. They remain open for only a day before they begin to wither. The seed capsules that form are prickly with sharp hairs.  

Prickly hibiscus also occurs in eastern Australia and on some of the Pacific Islands. The species name 'diversifolius' describes the diverse shape of the leaves.

Photography by Warren Brewer ©