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 (/..

Taraire

Botanical name:  Beilschmiedia tarairi
Maori name:  Taraire
Height:  22 metres

Taraire leafTaraire is represented on Tiritiri Matangi by some fine mature trees as well as new plantings.

Beilschmiedia is a large genus with about 300 species in tropical and subtropical regions in Africa, Central and South America, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
 

Taraire expresses its subtropical affiliation by only occurring naturally in the upper 1/3 of the North Island.

Mature trees grow over 20 m tall and their leaves are thick and leathery, dark green above the greyish blue below.

Small green bisexual flowers occur in tight bunches from September to December. They have no petals.  Large plum like fruits up to 4 cm long are formed in late summer.  They are a favourite food of native pigeons.

 

The flesh of ripe fruit plus the specially prepared kernels were eaten by Maori.  The flesh is described as having an acquired taste and the kernels, either steamed or roasted, are said to be quite palatable and satisfying.

 

Taraire belongs in the laurel family (Lauraceae) which also contains the bay laurel, avocado, cinnamon and camphor trees. 

Photography by Neil Davies (leaves, above right) © and Warren Brewer (below, flowers left, fruit right).