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Whau

Botanical name:  Entelea arborescens
Maori name:  Whau
Common name:  Cork tree
Height:  6 metres


Whau
A shrub or small tree with large soft attractive leaves giving a tropical appearance. Found in low forest along the coast and inland. It is a rapid shade producer.

The flowers are white and occur early spring to mid summer. The dry fruit capsules are very distinct brown and covered with spines not unlike in appearance to thistle.

The wood is very light and was used by the Maori as fishing floats.  It is thought to be as light as balsa wood.

Entelea is an endemic genus consisting of just the one species. It is placed in the mallow family, Malvaceae, which includes hollyhocks, Chinese lanterns, hibiscus, lacebarks and ribbon wood. 

The trunks of some members have tough fibres which form a layer under the bark. These fibres have been used by mankind in many countries to make ropes, hats, mats and fishing nets. The most important fibre in this family comes from the cotton plant, Gossypium species.

Whau is short-lived (about 10 years) and is rare on mainland NZ as its lush green leaves are sought after by browsing animals.   

  

Photography by Neil Davies © (above, seed heads) and Martin Sanders © (left, flower).