Date posted: 25-Jun-2014
Your 'tales of Tiritiri' are now on the website! As part of our 25th Anniversary..
Date posted: 17-Jun-2014
If your interest is in ornithology or photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Isl..
Date posted: 08-Jun-2014
Don't forget that Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi are offered a special winter fare rate,..
Date posted: 07-Jun-2014
The results are out! Many thanks to our judge Bruce Shanks for doing such a wonderful jo..
Date posted: 29-May-2014
Are you an early riser?
Even if not, it is surely worth making an exception to hear..
Date posted: 04-Dec-2013
The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi (SoTM) turned 25 in October 2013! We are planning lot..
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: 03-Sep-2013
Our stunning new calendar is now available. For just $15 you'll have a wonderful selection of ph..
|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.
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