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..

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..

Mahoe

Botanical name:  Melicytis ramiflorus
Maori name:  Mahoe
Common name:  Whitey Wood
Height:  10 metres
 
Mahoe, whitey wood, fruit
A small tree usually spreading with distinctive light bark often covered by patches of white lichen, a feature which gives it it’s common name. It is found throughout New Zealand in lowland to lower mountain forest.

Dioecious, tiny yellowish flowers appear along the branches November - December with a lighter flowering April - May.  Female trees produce attractive purple fruit in January - March.

Genus Melicytus is confined to the south west Pacific region of Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and some other smaller islands. They all belong in the violet family, Violaceae, and New Zealand has 11 species.

Maori used a flat piece of mahoe wood rubbed vigorously with a pointed piece of kaikomako (Pennantia corymbosa) to produce fire.

Rapid shade producer.

Mahoe bark
Mahoe, whitey wood, flowers


Photography by Peter Craw
© (flowers, bottom left), Eve Manning © (fruit, top right), Neil Davies © (bark, bottom right)