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Olearia rani. Heketara. Scented tree daisy.

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One of most beautiful tree daisies. Leaves used to give an agreeable scent to oil. Crushed leaves, with kōpuru moss, used by themselves to impart a pleasing odour to clothing (Best 1907).

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Sometimes transplanted and grown near villages (Best 1908)

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Olearia rani has been suspected of being poisonous to livestock, but tests reported in Connor 1977 showed no toxic effects.

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If heketara seen to blossom abundantly, said to be a token of a fine summer to follow (Best 1907).

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28 May 2007
5 July 2020
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