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 (/..

Rangiora

Botanical name:  Brachyglottis repanda
Maori name:  Rangiora
Common name:  Bushman's Friend
Height:  7 metres

Rangiora leaf

Rangiora is a shrub or small tree with stout, brittle spreading branches and occurs widely in lowland forests throughout the North Island and in the northern South Island.

The large leaves are wavy edged, broad and leathery feeling with a white underside.  Leaf undersides and branches are covered in fine, white matted hairs. 

The arrival of creamy white heavily scented flowers in early spring meant the start of the fourth month of the Maori calendar (September).

 

The leaf has antiseptic qualities and was used by Maori as a covering for wounds or cuts. The plants common name comes from the use of its leaves as toilet paper by early New Zealand. bushmen.

 

Brachyglottis is a genus of about 30 species of small trees, shrubs, vines and herbs confined to Australia and New Zealand.  There are 22 species in New Zealand.  They all belong in the daisy family (Asteraceae).  Brachyglottis means short tongue, referring to the flowers.  Repanda means irregularly undulating, describing leaf margins.

Rangiora flowers

 

 

 

  

 

 


Photography by Peter Craw
© (left) and by Neil Davies © (right)