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Tōtara

Podocarpus totara

Totara is endemic to New Zealand. It grows to 30 m high with a trunk 2 m across. The tōtara is a medium to large tree which grows slowly to around 20 to 25 m, exceptionally to 35 m; it is noted for its longevity and the great girth of its trunk. The bark peels off in papery flakes, with a purplish to golden brown hue. The sharp, dull green needle-like leaves are stiff and leathery, 2 cm long. This plant produces highly modified cones with 2 to 4 fused, fleshy berry-like juicy scales, bright red when mature.

Rongoā

Educational

Purposes

Leaves boied. Decoction used for assisting with sore throats and chest congestion. Helps to releie breathing issue. Acts as an anti-microbial.

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