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Date posted: 27-Apr-2015
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Date posted: 25-Nov-2013
The latest issue of the New Zealand Journal of Ecology is dedicated entirely to Tiritiri..
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Date posted: 03-Oct-2012
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|Botanical name:||Pomaderris kumaraho|
|Common name:||Golden Tainui, Gum Digger's soap|
Kumarahou is an endemic species which occurs naturally in the upper North Island as far south as the Bay of Plenty. It is commonly called “gum diggers soap” as a slight lather can be formed when its flowers are rubbed with water. The flowers contain saponin a substance which is used in detergents and foaming agents. Another early name was poverty weed as it often grows in poor clay soils.
The Maori name Kumarahou is said to mean “kumara planting time” decided by when the flowers appear. Kumarahou flowers in mid September on Tiritiri Matangi, displaying attractive soft masses of golden yellow blossom. This is followed by small seed capsules November to January.
Maori medicinal uses. Fresh leaves of Kumarahou were applied to wounds. Wounds were also bathed in an extract collected from boiling the leaves.
Photography by Eve Manning ©