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..

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 ©