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    Native plant identification

    I'm keen to increase my practical plant id skills. In broad terms, I want to work on a list of 5-10 of the most important plants in the following categories:

    Deer food:
    Seven Finger / Pate / Schefflera digitata
    Five Finger / Whauwhaupaku / Pseudopanax arboreus
    NZ Broadleaf / Kapuka / Griselinia littoralis
    Nasty
    Gorse / ??? / Ulex europaeus
    Bushmans Lawer / Onga Onga / Urtica Ferox
    ??? / Tutu / Coriaria arborea
    Cutty grass / Toetoe / Austroderia
    Usefull / Medicinal
    Dock / ??? / ???
    ??? / Kawa Kawa / ???
    Edible (human)
    Fern root / Aruhe / ???
    ??? / Hinau / Elaeocarpus dentatus
    ??? / Tawa / Beilschmiedia tawa
    ??? / Kiekie / Freycinetia banksii
    Black tree fern / Mamaku / Cyathea medullaris

    Pls help me flesh out the lists...
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    Pepper plant....
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    Dougie, you mean Kawa Kawa right ? Is that the "English" name ?

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    Might be. It's edible, looks like a spotty red and green leaf on shrubby bushes, can be big but usually only sort of 1sm at largest. Chew on the lovely leaves and have a burning mouth for a few minutes! Like a mouth full of pepper.

    EDIT it's not the same thing, still can't find the other name for pepper plant.
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    I think the plant I am talking about is Horopito. Not sure if it's actually good for anything other than pranking your mates
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    naa, kawa kawa is heart shaped green leaves with lots of holes in them from where the kawakawa looper has eaten it. the moe holes, the spicier it is. good for toothache and upset tummy. also burn wet leaves as insecticide and sandfly repellant. very cool plant.

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    Horopito can be used to give a pepper type taste to food. Have used it on trips. Use SPARINGLY!
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    It's used for quite a few other medicinal purposes, google tells me
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    Might want to add Koromiko & Manuka to the medical list .
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    nice thread,look forward to this one going for a while and learning

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    1 for the deer food list is Mahoe . Deer go crazy on it after the roar & at other times of year .Seems there is something in it they need after ,weather a tonic or a mineral /trace element in it.
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    Kawakawa = Macropiper excelsum

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    Horopito = Pseudowintera colorata

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    Aruhe or fern root, the rhizome of bracken fern = Pteridium esculentum

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    deer eat a bit of Rangiora up the back of my place

 

 

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