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Pittosporum tenuifolium. Kōhūhū.

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Chemistry
Medicinal
Scent
Traditions

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KŌHŪHŪkohukohukoihukaikaropōwhiripōhiritāwhiritawiri (Taylor 1870), tawhiwhirautāwhirikōwhiwhi (all in Best, Williams 1971); māpauriki (Beever 1991), 

Gum used as scent: tāwhiri

raki a small tree bearing a black flower (Taylor 1870). [Possibly this tree? Ed.]

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black matipo, turpentine-tree, black birch (latter two names both in Conservator of State Forests 1877), silverleaf (Best 1907)

"In many parts of the colony, the small-leaved tarata (Pittosporum tenuifolium) is called black birch" (Conservator of State Forests 1877)

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Fragrant gum used to perfume tītoki and kōhia oils obtained by bruising bark of tree (Colenso 1868a, 1891b ; Best 1942)

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Fresh gum resin mixed with thickened juice of pūhā chewed as a masticatory (Colenso 1868a ; Bretts Guide 1883 ; Best 1942).

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Essential oil contains alpha-pinene and other components described by  Calder and Carter (1949).

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Green branchlet used in baptism ceremony (Best 1929).

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28 May 2007
1 July 2020
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