Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Griselinia littoralis. Broadleaf.
FAMILY: Cornaceae Dogwood family
BOTANICAL NAME: Griselinia littoralis
MĀORI NAME: pāpāuma, paraparauma, kāpuka (South Island; Anon 1993), māihīhi, tapatapauma (all in Williams 1971); kawariki (Best 1908), poukata (State Conservator of Forests 1877)
Fruit: huariki
COMMON NAME: broadleaf
DOMESTIC: Among museum artefacts he tested Wallace 1989 found a wakahuia made of kāpuka.
CHEMISTRY: Chemical constituents listed in Cambie 1976, 1988 with references.

See also Brooker, Cambie and Cooper 1987 for comment on chemical compounds.
ENVIRONMENT: ''The berries... are eaten by the kōkō bird, which is said to get very fat on such food'' (Best 1908) [Kōkō is the tūī]