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Geum urbanum. Kōpata.

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After Europeans introduced smoking, Māori would smoke a weed called kōpata. They would make a bowl for a pipe out of wood and insert as a stem a reed of pukakaho. (Maori informant in Beattie 1920). See also Pelargonium inodorum.

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Geum urbanum and Potentilla anserina, plants used for scenting oil. (Williams 1971)

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Leaf is astringent, used for diarrhoea and dysentery. Taken for foul breath (Goldie 1905).

Related pharmacology in Brooker, Cambie and Cooper 1987.

A widespread species, used as herbal medicine in other parts of the world. See Riley 1994.

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Notes on chemistry in Brooker, Cambie and Cooper 1987. Plant rich in tannins. Essential oil contains eugenol, a dental analgesic.

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28 May 2007
5 July 2020
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