New edition of field guide published

Date posted: 07-May-2015

Anyone interested in New Zealand birds will be delighted to hear the latest edition of H..

Reduced boat fares for Supporters

Date posted: 07-May-2015

Once again, 360 Discovery are offering special winter fares for Supporters of Tiritiri M..

Tiritiri Concert on YouTube

Date posted: 27-Apr-2015

Those who enjoyed Caitlin Smith and Nigel Gavin's wonderful performance at this year's S..

Ecology Journal marks 25 years of Tiritiri

Date posted: 25-Nov-2013

The latest issue of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology is dedicated entirely to Tiritiri..

New bequests initiative

Date posted: 09-Sep-2013

Watch out for coverage in the national media this week for a new campaign by 'Include a Charity ..

2013 Photo Competition

Date posted: 27-Jan-2013

It is that time of year again, when we are looking for entries to our photographic c..

Film of the Kokako Week Jazz Concert

Date posted: 03-Oct-2012

Many thanks to Pieter Huisman who made this short film of the wonderful Jazz concert hel..

Greg

Date posted: 15-Aug-2012

Sadly, Greg the Takahe died on Sunday 12th August. As many Island regulars will know, Greg had b..

Kiwi Survey a great success

Date posted: 03-Aug-2012

It's Kiwi survey time again on the Island. Here are some selected highlights from a report by Ma..

2012 Photo competition

Date posted: 16-Mar-2012

Yet again we are running our almost famous photo competition on the island so please get your ca..

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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