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..

Kumarahou

Botanical name:  Pomaderris kumaraho
Maori name:  Kumarahou
Common name:  Golden Tainui, Gum Digger's soap
Height:  3-4 metres

Kumarohou

Kumarahou is an endemic species which occurs naturally in the upper North Island as far south as the Bay of Plenty. It is commonly called “gum diggers soap” as a slight lather can be formed when its flowers are rubbed with water. The flowers contain saponin a substance which is used in detergents and foaming agents. Another early name was poverty weed as it often grows in poor clay soils.

 

The Maori name Kumarahou is said to mean “kumara planting time” decided by when the flowers appear.  Kumarahou flowers in mid September on Tiritiri Matangi, displaying attractive soft masses of golden yellow blossom. This is followed by small seed capsules November to January.

 

Maori medicinal uses. Fresh leaves of Kumarahou were applied to wounds. Wounds were also bathed in an extract collected from boiling the leaves. 


Photography by Eve Manning
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