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Cyperus ustulatus. Toetoe upokotangata. Giant umbrella sedge.

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toetoe (general name for grasses and sedges); Toetoe upoko-tangata. Upoko-tangata (Best 1909) says name upoko-tangata is applied loosely to this plant and Scirpus fluviatilis (now Bolboschoenus fluviatilis).

toetoe whatu-manu (Best); toetoe whatu-pākau.

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Leaves, stripped of outside edges, used for mats and baskets (Colenso 1868b).

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Used for outer thatch of houses (Colenso 1868a)

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Pith boiled with water, strained, bottled. Used in North Auckland districts for kidney trouble (Adams 1945).

Related pharmacology in Brooker, Cambie and Cooper 1987

See Riley 1994 for information on medicinal uses of related plants elsewhere in the world.

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Used for making kites (Colenso 1868a; Best 1925)

Pākau: kite made of rushes etc. stretched on a frame.

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28 May 2007
21 June 2020
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