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Poa billardierei. Sand tussock. Pouaka

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Austrofestuca littoralis, Festuca littoralis, Poa triodiodes

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Weka were wrapped in pouaka grass and put in trenches for a few days before being cooked.

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Before the Pakeha runholder came with cattle, and annual spring fires, the pouaka was plentiful. It was gathered, and soaked in water, then squeezed to extract the juice - te wai pouaka. The juice was used in drinks to treat coughs and colds. The grass was pounded and the juice wrung out as a mouthwash for thrush in babies. (Beattie 1994)

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28 May 2007
9 June 2020
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