Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

 
Carex coriacea. Cutty grass. Rautahi.
FAMILY: Cyperaceae. Sedge family
BOTANICAL NAME: Carex coriacea, Carex geminata, Carex lessoniana
PREVIOUS NAMES: Carex ternaria
MĀORI NAME: rautahi, toetoe rautahi; matoreha (? Beattie 1920)
COMMON NAME: cutty grass
NOTES: ''The cutty-grass of the settlers was to the southern Maori known as matoreha'' (Maori informant in Beattie 1920)
CONSTRUCTION: Used for outer thatch of houses (Colenso 1869a)
RECORD NUMBER: 1270