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Schefflera digitata. Patē. Seven-finger.

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Dark juice of berries used as ink (Taylor 1870, Colenso 1868a)

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Wood used to obtain fire by friction. Used as base wood (Colenso 1868a).

Among museum artefacts he tested, Wallace 1989 found an adze socket and a teka made of patē.

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Sap used on scrofulous sores and ringworm (Kerry-Nicholls 1886 ; Taylor 1870).

The leaves contain falcarindiol, which shows specific activity against skin fungi such as ringworm (Muir, Cole, Walker, 1982). 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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Tradition of Maui searching for trees to put fire into (White 1887; Vol II)

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28 May 2007
2 July 2020
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