Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Tupeia antarctica. Mistletoe. Tāpia.
FAMILY: Loranthaceae Mistletoe family
BOTANICAL NAME: Tupeia antarctica
PREVIOUS NAMES: Viscum pubigerium; Viscum antarcticum
MĀORI NAME: kohuorangi, tāpia, pirita, pirinoa (all in Williams 1971); puka, tīrauriki (Taylor 1855)
COMMON NAME: mistletoe
NOTES: May be found on almost every species of tree and shrub round Dunedin (Buchanan 1869).
It is found on kahikatea and the pukatea; it bears a blue berry (in Taylor 1855).
MEDICINAL: See Riley 1994 for information on medicinal uses of related plants elsewhere in the world.
FOOD: Berries eaten (Best 1903, 1908, 1942)
LINK WORDS: Dacrycarpus, Laurelia