Houhere

$18.00

Description

Hoheria populnea

Also known as Lacebark, Ribbonwood and New Zealand Mallow, this member of the mallow family is a tree to 12 metres tall with broad, oval, dark green serrated leaves. Produces beautiful scented white flowers in clusters in late summer to autumn.  Leaves, bark and flowers have many medicinal uses, acting as a demulcent or mucilage (an agent that forms a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane).  An infusion of the bitter leaves can be used for stomach troubles. The inner bark can also be mixed in water with the finely sliced white part of harakeke butts, to bathe burns. The lace-like inner bark can be used for fine weaving of products like headbands, kete etc. The bark can be twisted and made into ropes and was used for hunting and fishing. PB5 certified organic plant.

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