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Mākaka. Paretao. Aquatic plant.

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An aquatic plant growing in swamps was the male procreating power which engendered the red clay seen in landslips, whence came the first man. (White 1887)

[Potamogeton cheesemanii, red pondweed ?? Ed.]

According to Williams 1971 mākaka is Plagianthus divaricatus, saltmarsh ribonwood, found in estauries; Lygodium articulatum, mangemange, a fern; several species of Carmichaelia (brooms); a water plant; fernroot, Pteridium esculentum

Williams says paretao is Asplenium obtusatum a fern found growing on rock faces on the seashore.

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28 May 2007
4 June 2020
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