Māori Plant Use

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Plant Use Details 

Cirsium vulgare. Scotch thistle.
FAMILY: Asteraceae Daisy family
BOTANICAL NAME: Cirsium vulgare
MĀORI NAME: pūngitangita (Best 1908), pūnitanita, kotimana
COMMON NAME: Scotch thistle
MEDICINAL: The stems are heated on embers and squeezed to obtain the juice which is used as a quick healer for cuts and sores (Adams 1945).
Related species used in China and Southeast Asia for healing of wounds (Perry, L. M. 1980 ; cited in Brooker, Cambie and Cooper 1987). See also Riley 1994.