Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Parsonsia capsularis. Kaiwhiria. New Zealand jasmine.
FAMILY: Apocynaceae Dogbane family
BOTANICAL NAME: Parsonsia capsularis, Parsonsia capsularis var. rosea.
MĀORI NAME: akakaikiore, akakiore, kaiwhiria, kaikū, kaikūkū, tōtoroene, tōtorowene (all in Williams 1971).
COMMON NAME: New Zealand jasmine
MEDICINAL: Used in vapour baths (Brett's Guide 1883)
CONSTRUCTION: Vines sometimes used for tying up fences, platforms and house framing, but not commonly (Colenso 1869a)
FISHING AND HUNTING: Some natives talk of bows and arrows. The bow (whana) made of pirita (supplejack), arrows of fernstalk or a shoot (pihi) of the kaiwhiria with a point of kātote lashed on. Used by children to kill birds in olden days. Best says sources are unreliable (Best 1902, p.241)
CHEMISTRY: Parsonsia species probably contain saponins - worthy of investigation (Aston 1923b)