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Knightia excelsa. Rewarewa.

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Flowers: rewa (Best 1907). Sometimes used for the tree itself.

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Honey obtained in former times from blossom. (Best 1942)

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Ornamentation, picture frames, fence pales (Colenso 1868a)

Among museum artefacts he tested Wallace 1989 found a bowl and a maul made from rewarewa

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Said to be used in Whanganui district for stockades because it does not burn readily. Best says probably palisades, not posts, because the timber decays readily (Best 1927).

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Inner part of the bark styptic, bandaged onto wound. "I may state that I have myself seen several wounds healed under the above treatment in a surprisingly short space of time" (O'Carroll 1884).

The bark contains beta-sitosterol, a major component of an American proprietary drug used to lower blood cholesterol levels (Brooker, Cambie and Cooper 1987).

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Chemical compounds listed in Cambie 1976, with references.

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Waiapu Māori told Best that in former times an infant"s pito was sometimes placed on a rewarewa pod, a charm repeated over it, and placed on the surface of the water. If capsized, indicated evil ; if not, then good fortune (Best 1929)

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28 May 2007
1 July 2020
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