Native Plant Identification

Over 430,000 plants have been propagated on Motuihe in the island nursery and planted since 2003 by many volunteers from corporate, schools, special interest groups and many individuals.  This is a tremendous effort - to all those volunteers who have taken part in the planting process, whether it be in the nursery pricking out seedlings or out in the fields in sometimes atrocious weather conditions and other times under beautiful skies, THANK YOU.  This beautiful gem of an island is coming to life again.   Motuihe was always a great place to visit, however it has become a  true treasure in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf whether you are a pleasure-boat owner, interested in conservation, geology or an explorer of fabulous beaches and bush.

To assist you in your island exploration, below is a list of native plants that have either been propagated on the island or are part of the existing remnant of native bush.  Follow the 'Common Name link' for plant description, fruit & flowers, pests/diseases and uses for each plant.

  

Common Name        Botannical name               Maori name              
Akeake (Dodonaea viscosa) Akeake
Astelia  (Astelia Banksia)  Kowharawhara
Bush Lawyer (Rubus cissoides)   Tātarāmoa
Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis) Ti kouka 
Flax (Phormium  tenax)  Harakeke
Coastal Five Finger (Pseudopanax lessonii)  Houpara
Kahikatea (White Pine) (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides)  Kahikatea
Kakabeak (Clianthus puniceus)  Kowhai ngutu-kaka
Kanuka (Tea Tree)
(Kunzea ericoides) Kanuka
Karaka
(Corynocarpus laevigatus) Karaka
Karamu (Coprosma robusta)  Karamu
Karo (Pittosporum crassifolium)
Karo
Kauri (Agathis australis) Kauri
Kawakawa (Pepper Tree) (Macropiper excelsum)  Kawakawa
Kohekohe (Dysoxylum spectibile)  Kohekohe
Koromiko (Hebe stricta)  Koromiko
Kowhai (Sophora tetraptera)  Kowhai
Mahoe (Whiteywood) (Melicytus ramiflorus)  Mahoe
Manuka  (Tea tree)  (Leptospermum scoparium)  Manuka
Mapou (Red Matipo) (Myrsine australis)  Mapou
Ngaio (Myoporum lactum)  Ngaio
Nikau Palm (Rhopalostylis sapida)  Nikau
Pigeonwood (Hedycarya arborea)  Porokaiwhiri 
Poroporo (Solanum laciniatum) Poroporo
Puriri (Vitex lucens) Puriri
Rewarewa  (NZ Honeysuckle)  (Knightia excelsa)  Rewarewa
Shore Spurge
(Euphorbia glauca) Waiuatua
Taraire (Beilschmiedia tarairi) Taraire
Taupata (Coprosma repens)  Taupata
Tawapou (Pouteria costata)  Tawapou
Titoki (Alectryon excelsus)  Titoki
ToeToe (Austroderia species)     Syn ( Cortaderia species)  ToeToe
Totara (Podocarpus totara)  Totara
Wharangi (Melicope ternata)  Wharangi
Whau (Entelea arborescens)  Whau