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Houhere

Often referred to as ‘lacebark’ or ‘ribbonwood’ to describe the many ways that the inner bark has been used.

Houhere
Hoheria sexstylosa
Can grow as high as
8m
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More about this tree

  • A graceful forest tree which is fast growing. It thrives on forest margins or disturbed sites.
  • It has distinctive serrated leathery leaves and small, white, scented flowers produced in late summer.
  • Māori used the lace-like inner bark for fine, decorative weaving on kete, headbands, and trim on hats and cloaks. The outer bark can be twisted and plaited into ropes. 
  • The bark, leaves and flowers were also used in early medicine. Soaking the bark for several days resulted in a thick jelly used for soothing weak or tired eyes, and an infusion of the inner bark was good for burned skin. The inner bark was also used to wrap around a newborn baby.
  • Its white timber was used in cabinet making.
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