Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Muehlenbeckia australis. Large-leaved muehlenbeckia.
FAMILY: Polygonaceae Dock family
BOTANICAL NAME: Muehlenbeckia australis
PREVIOUS NAMES: Muehlenbeckia adpressa
MĀORI NAME: puka; heruna (Taylor 1855)
COMMON NAME: large-leaved muehlenbeckia
NOTES: Taylor 1870 says 'a variety of the Manuka'
FOOD: Small berries eaten, especially by children (Colenso 1869a).
FISHING AND HUNTING: Fish traps made from stems (Colenso 1869a).