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..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

Lacebark

 

Botanical name:  Hoheria populnea 
Maori name: Houhere 
Common name: Lacebark 
Height: 10m 

Lacebark has a natural range from North Cape to Waikato/Bay of Plenty. It forms a handsome tree up to 10m tall which is especially attractive when it is covered with its white flowers. Its common name is derived from the inner lace-like layer of its smooth bark. Strips of bark were soaked in water by Maori for about 30 days. This caused the soft tissues to decay, leaving thin lace-like sheets of fibres. These were dried and stored, then used to make nets and for fine weaving on the trims of cloaks, baskets and head-bands. A thick jelly could be extracted from soaking small strips of bark in water for two days. This was used medicinally. After flowering in February, striking looking winged seed-like fruits appear in late autumn.

The genus Hoheria is restricted to NZ and contains seven species. ‘Hoheria’ is formed from the tree's Maori name houhere. ‘Populnea’ means ‘poplar like’, describing the plant's appearance. Lacebark belongs in the mallow family, Malvaceae, which contains such familiar plants as hibiscus, hollyhock, Chinese lantern and the cotton plant Gossypium.







Photography: lacebark flowers (right) and seed capsules (left) by Warren Brewer ©