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


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..

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).