Date posted: 07-Jun-2014
The results are out! Many thanks to our judge Bruce Shanks for doing such a wonderful jo..
Date posted: 25-Nov-2013
The latest issue of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology is dedicated entirely to Tiritiri..
Date posted: 22-Oct-2013
Our new recipe book, Gourmet on Tiritiri Matangi Island - Second helpings, has just..
Date posted: 09-Sep-2013
Watch out for coverage in the national media this week for a new campaign by 'Include a Charity ..
Date posted: 27-Jan-2013
It is that time of year again, when we are looking for entries to our photographic c..
Date posted: 03-Oct-2012
Many thanks to Pieter Huisman who made this short film of the wonderful Jazz concert hel..
Date posted: 15-Aug-2012
Sadly, Greg the Takahe died on Sunday 12th August. As many Island regulars will know, Greg had b..
Date posted: 03-Aug-2012
It's Kiwi survey time again on the Island. Here are some selected highlights from a report by Ma..
Date posted: 16-Mar-2012
Yet again we are running our almost famous photo competition on the island so please get your ca..
Date posted: 27-Feb-2012
Artwork for our Kokako Week event is now being delivered to the Island by our visiting artists a..
|Botanical name:||Streblus heterophyllus|
|Common name:||Milk Tree|
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 ©