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Kūmara cultivar names recorded from East Cape district by Williams.
FAMILY: Convolvulaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Ipomoea batatas cultivar
MĀORI NAME: anutipoki, huiupoko or waniwani, KAWAKAWA, kerikaraka (Best 1925 lists kiri-karaka), kōkōrangi, kōreherehe, mākakauere (also mākakauri, matakauri), matawaiwai, moī, mōnehu, ngākau-kuri, Paea, pāpāhaoa, parakaraka or makutu, paretaua, pātea, pokerekāhu, puatahoe (said to produce flowers), punuiarata, tānehurangi, taratamata, taurāpunga, toroamahoe, waihā, wini
NOTES: Names obtained by Archdeacon W.L. Williams in East Cape district. ''Most of them have been lost, owing to the introduction of the larger and more prolific kinds; but some few are still to be found in cultivation''. Among the latter are Matakauri, Parakaraka, Pokerekāhu, and Toroamahoe.

Best 1925 says that Anutipoki is a synonym for Waniwani. Ngakau-kuri said to blossom at night.
RECORD NUMBER: 3505