2016 Photo competition is open for entries

Date posted: 07-Feb-2016

Island visitors are invited to submit their images for our 2016 photographic competition. Cl..

Guided walks for Photographers

Date posted: 07-Feb-2016

If your interest is in wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Islan..

Nukes Aloud on Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 07-Feb-2016

Our 2016 musical event will take place on the 5th March. This year we are hosting the Nukes, a d..

New video from DOC

Date posted: 06-Feb-2016

Staff at the Department of Conservation have produced a stunning new video of the Island to temp..

New Help Page

Date posted: 24-Nov-2015

We have a new help page on our website where we will occasionally post requests for assistance. ..

New chairperson for the Supporters

Date posted: 24-Sep-2015

At our Annual General Meeting, held on Monday 21st September, a new chairperson and committee we..

New edition of field guide published

Date posted: 07-May-2015

Anyone interested in New Zealand birds will be delighted to hear the latest edition of H..

Tiritiri Concert on YouTube

Date posted: 27-Apr-2015

Those who enjoyed Caitlin Smith and Nigel Gavin's wonderful performance at this year's S..

New bequests initiative

Date posted: 09-Sep-2013

Watch out for coverage in the national media this week for a new campaign by 'Include a Charity ..

Film of the Kokako Week Jazz Concert

Date posted: 03-Oct-2012

Many thanks to Pieter Huisman who made this short film of the wonderful Jazz concert hel..

Turepo

Botanical name:  Streblus heterophyllus
Maori name:  Turepo
Common name:  Milk Tree
Height:  12 metres

Turepo - foliage

This small tree is widespread in lowland forest. The trees are dioecious (sexes separate) and the very small flowers are massed into drooping spikes.

Flowering occurs from mid-spring through summer and red berries ripen on female trees from late spring to autumn.

Turepo has a juvenile form which has distinctive juvenile leaves (fiddle-shaped).

Turepo exudes a sweetish milky sap when twigs are broken or bark is cut.

Early settlers collected this and used it in tea as a milk substitute.

The genus Streblus has a widespread distribution in the Pacific, South East Asia and Eastern Australia.  There are 3 endemic species in New Zealand, 2 of which are present on Tiritiri Matangi.  The genus belongs in the mulberry family, Moraceae.

Photography by Neil Davies ©