Annual General Meeting

Date posted: 05-Sep-2014

Our 25th Annual General Meeting will take place at 7:30 pm on Monday 22nd September at the Kohia..

Tales of Tiritiri

Date posted: 25-Jun-2014

Your 'tales of Tiritiri' are now on the website! As part of our 25th Anniversary..

More Specialist Guided Walks

Date posted: 17-Jun-2014

If your interest is in ornithology or photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Isl..

2014 Photo Competition

Date posted: 07-Jun-2014

The results are out! Many thanks to our judge Bruce Shanks for doing such a wonderful jo..

Dawn Chorus Trips

Date posted: 29-May-2014

Are you an early riser? Even if not, it is surely worth making an exception to hear..

25th Annniversary celebrations

Date posted: 04-Dec-2013

The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi (SoTM) turned 25 in October 2013! We are planning lot..

Ecology Journal marks 25 years of Tiritiri

Date posted: 25-Nov-2013

The latest issue of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology is dedicated entirely to Tiritiri..

New recipe book

Date posted: 22-Oct-2013

Our new recipe book, Gourmet on Tiritiri Matangi Island - Second helpings, has just..

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 ..

New 2014 Calendar now available

Date posted: 03-Sep-2013

Our stunning new calendar is now available. For just $15 you'll have a wonderful selection of ph..

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 ©