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..

Poor Knight's Lily

Botanical name:  Xeronema callistemon
Maori name:  Raupo tauranga
Common name:  Poor Knight's lily
Height:  1 metre

Poor Knights Lily

Each plant forms a compact clump made up of a fan of sword like leaves.

When flowering (springtime) 60cm long flower stalks emerge from the fan of leaves, each bearing a gently curving bright red flower brush.

The plants were first discovered in the early 1920’s on the Poor Knights Islands.  Later, specimens were found on Taranga (Hen Island) in 1933.

Genus Xeronema only contains two species.  The other known species Xeronema moorei is endemic to New Caledonia.  This single genus with two species now has its own small family Xeronemataceae.

Xeronema means dry threads, describing the spindly tepals and stamens which make up the flower.

Callistemon means beautiful stamens and is the generic name for the Australian bottlebrush.
Poor knights Lily - photographer Neil Davies


Photography by Neil Davies