Puriri

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Puriri was widely used by us Maori in pre-European times. The wood made weapons and implements and leaves a decoction used for bathing sprains, backache, and ulcers or drunk for sore throats.

Its relative scarcity may be due to it normally growing best on high quality, often volcanic soils. These would have been among the first areas cleared for farming by both us Maori and European.

European uses are however quite variable, ranging from structural timbers such as piles, sleepers, and bridges to decorative furniture and wood-turning. It is reputedly the best fence post timber in New Zealand.

Puriri was widely used by us Maori in pre-European times. The wood made weapons and implements and leaves a decoction used for bathing sprains, backache, and ulcers or drunk for sore throats.

 

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