Date posted: 07-Jun-2014
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Date posted: 25-Nov-2013
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Date posted: 09-Sep-2013
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Date posted: 27-Jan-2013
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Date posted: 03-Oct-2012
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Date posted: 15-Aug-2012
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Date posted: 03-Aug-2012
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Date posted: 16-Mar-2012
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Date posted: 27-Feb-2012
Artwork for our Kokako Week event is now being delivered to the Island by our visiting artists a..
|Botanical name:||Hebe stricta|
Koromiko forms a shrub or small tree with dull green to green-yellow lance shaped leaves. Its tiny flowers are compacted into dense inflorescences longer than the leaves. The flowers are sweetly scented and vary in colour being lilac, mauve or white. Flowering occurs summer and autumn.
Koromiko can be prominent in coastal scrub and its range is naturally restricted to the North Island.
Hebe forms N.Z’s largest genus of flowering plants. Its members express a wide ecological and morphological diversity with their habitats ranging from coastal margins to alpine regions up to 2800m above sea level. This is considered to be the highest altitude for a flowering plant in New Zealand. Their form varies from large-leaved shrubs or small trees to examples with small scale-like leaves.
Eighty eight species have been described (Hebes, Bayly and Kellow, Te Papa Press 2006). Hebe is regarded essentially as a New Zealand genus as 85 species are endemic. Two species occur in South America as well as the South Island New Zealand (possibly being distributed from New Zealand by albatross). A single species, Hebe rapensis, is endemic to Rapa in French Polynesia.
Koromiko has long been valued for its beneficial effects in cases of diarrhoea and dysentery. It was mentioned in “Martindale: The Extra Pharmacopoeia” 1895, listed as an import from New Zealand and used as a remedy for chronic dysentery and diarrhoea.
Another early use describes liquid from boiling the leaves being used as a mouth-wash or gargle. During World War II koromiko leaves were sent overseas to NZ troops in North Africa where they were used effectively to treat dysentery.
Photography by Anne Rimmer ©