Posts tagged with Titi Island

Is this the world’s biggest nettle leaf?

Ongaonga leaf - note the ruler starts at 500 mm.

Whilst recently chasing seabirds on Titi Island we came across tree nettles (ongaonga, Urtica ferox) with super-sized leaves. The largest leaf we measured was 28 cm long, much longer than the maximum leaf length of 18 cm given for this species in the Flora of New Zealand. Perhaps the abundant seabird droppings on this island… Read more »

Plant communities of Titi Island, Marlborough Sounds

  • Windswept scrub of mountain flax, five finger, akiraho and fierce lancewood on a north facing clifftop. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.
  • Cook’s scurvy grass. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.
  • Cook’s scurvy grass. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.
  • Juvenile fierce lancewood in dry ridge forest. Photograph by Jean-Claude Stahl, Te Papa.

Titi Island is a 32 hectare slab of schistose tuff and sandstone tilted upwards towards the north, with a moderately steep forested slope opening up to a breathtaking façade of high cliffs overlooking Cook Strait. Shearwater surveys on the island in January provided an opportunity to record local plant communities. A summary of the vegetation… Read more »