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Kawakawa (Piper excelsum)

Last Modified: 1-2-2020 8:04

Kawakawa (Piper excelsum)
Kawakawa (Piper excelsum) © Christopher Cookson  License this image

Kawakawa (Piper excelsum) is a New Zealand endemic shrub or small tree found particularly in coastal areas as an understorey plant. Kawakawa is valued by Māori for a range of herbal properties, with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties among others. Herbal use of kawakawa was also widely adopted by European settlers, and continues to be a highly regarded native plant for its herbal properties.

This example was observed at Monkey Bay, Rarangi.

Location: Latitude: -41.391930 Longitude: 174.050064

Image Date: 27/8/2018

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

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