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The South Island Kowhai is just one of eight varieties of the native tree - NZ

The South Island Kowhai is just one of eight varieties of the native tree - flowers in early springtime, NZ

A favorite vegetable called "Kopakopa" used primarily as a first aid remedy. Like most plants and shrubs, Maori always found a way to fully utilize the products of nature for food, health, healing and protection. Our task today is to remember which ones did what, why and how. #Maori #herbs #healers #healing

plantain leaf - gather and dry leaves, infuse in olive oil and make salve for itches and irritation.

This is the Kawakawa plant that is a medicine, a healing and soothing plant when heated and the leaves applied to the body, a flavouring, and tonic drink thirst quencher that is superb to relax and enjoy the aromas of nature that the early Maori would enjoy.

The leaves of the kawakawa plant have a long history of medicinal use. They are still very popular with traditional practitioners for preparing rongoā.

Kūmarahou is still used as a herbal treatment today.  medicine was made by boiling the leaves in water for drinking, which was said to ease rheumatism and asthma. It is a blood purifier ,  coughs and flu was also used for tuberculosis  .

Kūmarahou is still used as a herbal treatment today. medicine was made by boiling the leaves in water for drinking, which was said to ease rheumatism and asthma. It is a blood purifier , coughs and flu was also used for tuberculosis .

Small hedge.  Native to NZ. Same in US? Oliver Twist Kohuhu - Monrovia - Oliver Twist Kohuhu

Monrovia's Oliver Twist Kohuhu details and information. Learn more about Monrovia plants and best practices for best possible plant performance.

Clematis paniculata (NZ Clematis, Puawhananga): male flowers

Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network - Clematis paniculata (Puawhananga)

Koromiko, Hebe strictaKoromiko is widespread throughout New Zealand. An infusion of the leaves was used as an astringent for dysentery. Poultices were used for ulcers. It was considered good for the kidney and bladder, as well as for diarrhoea and as a tonic.

Koromiko, Hebe strictaKoromiko is widespread throughout New Zealand. An infusion of the leaves was used as an astringent for dysentery. Poultices were used for ulcers. It was considered good for the kidney and bladder, as well as for diarrhoea and as a tonic.

Pittosporum eugenioides  lemonwood, tarata - NZ

New Zealand Native Plants Photography - recently added NZ native plants at NZ Plant Pics stock photography. Browse most recent native plant photography added to the NZ Plant Pics site.

Kahikatea and rimu foliage Rimu foliage and seeds (top) are a little different from those of kahikatea (bottom): rimu carries its seeds on upturned branchlets.  Rimu and kahikatea are massive conifer trees, widely distributed throughout New Zealand. Both belong to the podocarp family (Podocarpaceae) and bear single seeds at the tips of branchlets. As the seed ripens, the leaves next to it swell up, forming a juicy support known as a receptacle.

Kahikatea and rimu foliage – Conifer–broadleaf forests

Tanekaha - Known as the celery herb Tanekaha was used medicinally as an astringent and antimicrobial agent by Maori people and early European settlers. The anti-microbial action of tannic acid has been well documented, and it has been shown to be effective against a range of bacteria, yeasts and viruses. A mild astringent with curative properties

Tanekaha - Known as the celery herb Tanekaha was used medicinally as an astringent and antimicrobial agent by Maori people and early European settlers. The anti-microbial action of tannic acid has been well documented, and it has been shown to be effective against a range of bacteria, yeasts and viruses. A mild astringent with curative properties