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 (/..

New hihi film

Date posted: 30-Jul-2016

A wonderful new film describing the hihi story on Tiritiri Matangi has now been added to the hih..

New Wildside video

Date posted: 29-Jul-2016

Click here (https://blog.doc.govt.nz/2016/06/21/tiritiri-matangi-volunteers/) to view a wo..

Toetoe

Botanical Name:       Cyperus ustulatus

Maori Name:            Toe toe, Upoko-tangata

Common Name:        Coastal cutty grass

 

Coastal cutty grass is widespread on Tiritiri Matangi.  It’s clumps provide shelter for lizards and ground nesting birds.  It’s harsh leaves have a sharp cutting edge, derived from a high silica content.  The flower stems are triangular in shape and the specific name ustulatus (scorched) describes the dark brown sooty colour of the flower heads.

 

Cyperus is a large, world wide genus and one member, Cyperus papyrus, which has a similar general form to our cutty grass, was used in ancient Egypt to produce the writing material papyrus.

 


Cyperus is Greek for sedge or marsh plant.  An alternative common name, giant umbrella sedge, is also used.

 

Maori used the leaves as an outer thatching material for their dwellings.





Photography by Warren Brewer © (foliage right, flowers left).