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

(https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-kokako-story-celebrating-21-years-..

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..

Kareao

Botanical name:  Ripogonum scandens
Maori name:  Kareao
Common name:  Supplejack

This vine produces its leaves and flowers in the sunlight on the treetops so we mainly see the hanging jointed canes.  Its soft asparagus-like growing tips are edible and taste like a fresh green bean.

 

Sprays of tiny greenish flowers in early summer are followed by red berries which are sought after by kereru.

 

Maori used kareao’s long supple stems to make ladders to use for climbing cliffs and trees.  They were also useful tying material for fences, housing, eel traps and canoes.

 

Kareao belongs in Ripogonaceae, a family confined to Eastern Australia New Zealand and New Guinea composed entirely of woody vines in the genus Ripogonum.

Photography by Warren Brewer ©