Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Sticherus cunninghamii. Umbrella fern.
FAMILY: Gleicheniaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Sticherus cunninghamii
PREVIOUS NAMES: Gleichenia cunninghamii
MĀORI NAME: tapuwae kōtuku (also a pattern in weaving); waekura (Williams 1971)
COMMON NAME: Umbrella fern
MEDICINAL: The sap of this fern is a powerful narcotic (Charles Jeffs, 1888, note on pressed specimen in King Tawhiao Collection, Te Papa).