30th Birthday Dinner

Date posted: 06-Sep-2018

Please join us in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Suppo..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018

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Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

Whau

Botanical name:  Entelea arborescens
Maori name:  Whau
Common name:  Cork tree
Height:  6 metres


Whau
A shrub or small tree with large soft attractive leaves giving a tropical appearance. Found in low forest along the coast and inland. It is a rapid shade producer.

The flowers are white and occur early spring to mid summer. The dry fruit capsules are very distinct brown and covered with spines not unlike in appearance to thistle.

The wood is very light and was used by the Maori as fishing floats.  It is thought to be as light as balsa wood.

Entelea is an endemic genus consisting of just the one species. It is placed in the mallow family, Malvaceae, which includes hollyhocks, Chinese lanterns, hibiscus, lacebarks and ribbon wood. 

The trunks of some members have tough fibres which form a layer under the bark. These fibres have been used by mankind in many countries to make ropes, hats, mats and fishing nets. The most important fibre in this family comes from the cotton plant, Gossypium species.

Whau is short-lived (about 10 years) and is rare on mainland NZ as its lush green leaves are sought after by browsing animals.   

  

Photography by Neil Davies © (above, seed heads) and Martin Sanders © (left, flower).