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Date posted: 24-Sep-2015
At our Annual General Meeting, held on Monday 21st September, a new chairperson and committee we..
Date posted: 07-May-2015
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Date posted: 27-Apr-2015
Those who enjoyed Caitlin Smith and Nigel Gavin's wonderful performance at this year's S..
Date posted: 25-Nov-2013
The latest issue of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology is dedicated entirely to Tiritiri..
Date posted: 09-Sep-2013
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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
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Date posted: 15-Aug-2012
Sadly, Greg the Takahe died on Sunday 12th August. As many Island regulars will know, Greg had b..
|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 ©