Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Litsea calicaris. Mangeao. Tangeao.
FAMILY: Lauraceae Laurel or tawa family
BOTANICAL NAME: Litsea calicaris
PREVIOUS NAMES: Tetranthera calicaris; Laurus calicaris (recorded in Taylor 1870); Tetranthera tangao (recorded in Taylor 1870)
MĀORI NAME: MANGEAO, TANGEAO, tangeo (Recorded by Solander in 1769), mangeo
MEDICINAL: Vapour bath (with kōhutuku [sic. Fuchsia] and tātarāmoa) to promote lochial discharge (Bennett 1883; Goldie 1905).
Used in midwifery (K. Pickmere 1940).

For related pharmacology and chemistry, see Brooker, Cambie and Cooper 1987.
See Riley 1994 for information on medicinal uses of related plants elsewhere in the world.
DOMESTIC: Used for agricultural implements, bullock-yokes, oars, ships' blocks (Colenso 1869a)
FISHING AND HUNTING: Used to make canoes. Difficult timber to work. (Best 1925)