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Primary School Science Conservation 2020 Award

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2020 Conservation Week

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AGM 2020

Date posted: 25-Jul-2020

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Ferry Resuming July 4th!

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The 2020 Photo Competition Winners

Date posted: 22-May-2020

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Celebrate the Takahe Art Competition

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COVID-19 Important Information

Date posted: 25-Mar-2020

The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. Th..

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Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

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Taraire

Botanical name:  Beilschmiedia tarairi
Maori name:  Taraire
Height:  22 metres

Taraire leafTaraire is represented on Tiritiri Matangi by some fine mature trees as well as new plantings.

Beilschmiedia is a large genus with about 300 species in tropical and subtropical regions in Africa, Central and South America, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
 

Taraire expresses its subtropical affiliation by only occurring naturally in the upper 1/3 of the North Island.

Mature trees grow over 20 m tall and their leaves are thick and leathery, dark green above the greyish blue below.

Small green bisexual flowers occur in tight bunches from September to December. They have no petals.  Large plum like fruits up to 4 cm long are formed in late summer.  They are a favourite food of native pigeons.

 

The flesh of ripe fruit plus the specially prepared kernels were eaten by Maori.  The flesh is described as having an acquired taste and the kernels, either steamed or roasted, are said to be quite palatable and satisfying.

 

Taraire belongs in the laurel family (Lauraceae) which also contains the bay laurel, avocado, cinnamon and camphor trees. 

Photography by Neil Davies (leaves, above right) © and Warren Brewer (below, flowers left, fruit right).