Syzygium maire. Maire tawake. Black maire.
Best 1908:231 also records puka but says "the [name] is unsupported, and I have little faith in it"); tuhuhi ( "... very unsatisfactory and might be applied to any swamp-growing tree");
Whakoukou (name obtained by J.B. Lee); whāwhākou Hector in Best 1908.
Percy Smith says: "The almost universal name of this tree on the west coast of the Island is tu-huhi, though the people know it also as maire-tawhake, and better still as whawhakou" (Best 1909)
Blue dye (Bretts Guide 1883).
Wood and bark yields a black dye (from tutuhi); from whākou, a blue dye (New Zealand Journal 1846).
Tuhuhi " ... the bark and wood producing a blue black dye." (Taylor)
Tuhuhi, a blue-black dye. From whākou "a handsome blue" (McKillop 1849, quoted in Aston 1918b).
"Tuhuhi, which is supposed to be the same as the whākou, whakou, maire-tawhake, or whāwhākou, whawhakou, is a swamp loving tree which produces from bark and young twigs a blue dye" (White, from ms. in Dominion Museum, quoted in Aston 1918b)
16.7% tannin. (Kirk 1889)
Khaki dye (Wall, Cranwell 1943)