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Dysphania pusilla. Parahia.
FAMILY: Amaranthaceae. Amaranth family
BOTANICAL NAME: Dysphania pusilla
PREVIOUS NAMES: Chenopodium pusillum
MĀORI NAME: parahia; panamata [Taylor - doubtful]
NOTES: 'Parahia, a low spreading weed (Ctenopodium pusillum) [sic.], is particularly plentiful at Taupo.' (Colenso 1880)
See also Einadia allanii.
ENVIRONMENT: These straggly perennial herbs were the main weeds of kūmara crops in pre-European gardens. (G. Harris, pers comm.)
' The panamata, paraihia [sic], is a diminutive kind of spinach, with a very dark leaf' (Taylor 1855)
Considered endemic, though it appears in modified habitats such as roadsides >) (Webb et al, 1988)
LINK WORDS: weeds
RECORD NUMBER: 1874