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Vitex lucens. Pūriri.

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PŪRIRIkauere (Williams 1971); kanieri (? Taylor) 

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Nicholas (1817) ate berries of a tree, whose description fits the pūriri, which he found "very bitter and disagreeable." Considered poisonous by Māori he was with (p.217)

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Heartwood, when treated with alkaline solutions produces a brilliant yellow dye (Kelly 1866).

Bark gives a brown dye, converted into a good yellow by mixing with dye from tānekaha ( Bretts Guide 1883 ; White, quoted in Aston 1918b, from ms. in Dominion Museum)

Dyeing properties investigated by Perkin 1898. Pure yellow tones obtained (See Aston 1918b)

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Among Ngāpuhi, wedges made from pūriri for tree felling ( Best 1925).

Wallace 1989 found a bowl, 4 fernroot beaters, a maul, 4 paddles, an adze helve and socket, a spade blade, a kō and 2 hoto made from pūriri among museum artefacts he tested.

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Timber tree. Ship's knees, piles, fencing (Colenso 1868a) (N.B. Details on colonial timber uses generally not recorded in this database).

"the New Zealand teak; the most durable of all the timber trees in this country."(Taylor 1870)

Especially suitable for making a stockade- durable, has very little sapwood, not so readily destroyed by fire as tōtara. Difficult to work. (Best 1927).

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Infusion of leaves used for ulcers, especially under the ears, "keeping a rag constantly wet with the infusion." (O'Carroll 1884).

Severe inflammation caused by splinters in hands and feet (Baber, quoted in Aston 1923b). Leaves - boiled, bath sprains and backache (Adams 1945).

Related pharmacology in Brooker, Cambie and Cooper 1987.

See Riley 1994 for information on medicinal uses of related plants elsewhere in the world.

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Chemical compounds listd in Cambie 1976, 1988 with references.

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28 May 2007
4 August 2021
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