Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Pennantia corymbosa. Kaikōmako.
FAMILY: Icacinaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Pennantia corymbosa
MĀORI NAME: KAIKŌMAKO, kahikōmako, hine-kaikōmako, ahikōmau (Ngati Porou). (All in Williams 1971)
DOMESTIC: Most prized wood for obtaining fire by friction (Colenso 1869a).
Piece of thoroughly dried wood sharpened to a point, worked backwards and forwards along a piece of soft wood (patē or māhoe preferred) (Kirk 1889).
Best wood with which to fashion kauahi, or fire-sticks. (Best 1908).
Also in McNeill 1990.
ENVIRONMENT: Kaikōmako = food of the bellbird. The bellbirds love its juicy black berries. (Anderson 1954)
TRADITIONS: Tree personified by Hine-Kaikōmako (see Best 1908).
Tradition of Maui searching for trees to put fire into (White 1887; Vol II)