Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Pseudopanax crassifolius. Lancewood. Horoeka.
FAMILY: Araliaceae Aralia or Ivy family
BOTANICAL NAME: Pseudopanax crassifolius
MĀORI NAME: HOROEKA, hoheka, kokoeka, ohoeka (Taylor 1870, 1855), koeka, kokoweka (Anon 1993)
Trifolate hybrids: tara-a-māui, taramaui.
COMMON NAME: lancewood
DOMESTIC: Among museum artefacts he tested Wallace 1989 found a teka made of lancewood
FISHING AND HUNTING: Used for bird spears in Tuturau district (Southland) (Gourlay, in Beattie 1920).
TOXINS: Kirk (1889) considered that the tree could be used as an insecticide (The leaves and wood ''exhale an unpleasant odour'')