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..

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..

Common Broom

Botanical name:  Carmichaelia australis
Maori Name:   Makaka 
Common name:  Common broom
Height:  10 metres

North Island BroomCommon broom is a colonising plant that is found in coastal and lowland forest throughout the North Island and the South Island except for the far south. It can appear as a shrub or small tree up to 5m tall.Broom's flattened green stems and branches,described as phylloclades,act as leaves in mature plants. Tiny shamrock like leaves can sometimes be seen on young plants or even on plants which are growing in shade.

In mid November tiny white flowers flecked with purple veins appear. This gives them a pale lilac hue. By early December lots of small green pods form. Broom belongs in the legume family, Fabaceae. As the pods mature and ripen their sides fall away exposing small reddish coloured seeds sitting in individual 'jewel cases'.

The genus is named after Captain Dugald Carmichael (1772-1827) a Scottish army surgeon who botanised in South Africa, India and N.Z. Carmichaelia contains 24 species, all confined to N.Z.except for Carmichaelia exsul, which is found on Lord Howe Island (exsul is Latin for exile).


NI Broom flowers

Photography by Neil Davies © (top, small tree, and left, flowers on tree) and Martin Sanders © (centre left, close-up of flowers, and centre right, seeds).