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


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..

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..

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 ©