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The Fijians understood how necessary it was to have a clean tongue, so they were accustomed to make an infusion from the wi-bark which they scraped fine together with that of the kavikadamudamu (Jambosa malaccensis) and set them to steep in boiling water, covering them first with leaves of the ivi (Inocarpus edulis). TAITO m Fijian, Samoan, Rotuman A Polynesian/Melanesian version of Titus. Same fern as vativati and vasivasi. Polynesian and Melanesian usage of the name came about with the introduction of the bible by white missionaries during the 1700's and 1800's. Sometimes called uto-kogo; also uqo and qoqo. Nadroga name for vesi. In India this plant is called the kumburuwel, and the Hindus use the tender leaves for toothache; it is also given for worms in children. Same as tobici. The roots after preparation were roasted and eaten; a drink was also made therefrom which was an intoxicant. Europeans think the wood is very good for general carpentry. A very aromatic herb. Sometimes found growing wild, but mostly cultivated with great success in Fiji. A tree with good perfume, not unlike yasi. Indeed long before 1800, the tobacco-plant was a luxuriant weed, but its use for smoking was unknown. The long clinging sinuous stems are pale green. Stenochleana palustris (Order Filices), Symplocos leptophylla (Straceae) (Symplocaceae), Barringtonia speciosa (Lecithydaceae) or (Myrtaceae), Carruthersia latifolia (Apocynaceae) (Sub-order Carruthersia), Entada scandens or E. gigas (Leguminoseae) or (Mimosaceae), Campium sp. Often known in the Pacific as the kava or avaava. Also known as Sauninini. About Christmas time this pretty creeper has an abundance of pink flowers; these are in loose panicles, leaves almost orbicular, not quite feather-veined, but like the veining seen in other Antigone, what might be termed radiatingly-veined. The leaves are in great repute for chest-trouble, and for sprains. This plant is described under the name of tuvoleiqoqo. Grows as a shrub or bush. very solid, a little like those of garcinia—and a great number of stamens. There is said to be a very strongly poisonous matter in the fruits of this tree. Probably a new species, according to Kew. This is a valuable plant, and as it is found all over the group, if there was a demand it could be gathered in abundance, as it can be easily cultivated on cleared land. Also called uto-sawesawe. Found in Nadroga province. It has a baccate fruit, which is sometimes eaten by Fijians, although it seems insipid to white people. Tiwa is also known as tivi or tavola. Seemann spelt the Fijian name, on Storck's authority as wararega. Known also as ravulevu. This plant has long, round leaves—almost cylindrical; the flowers in cymes or umbels, and black seeds; was given the botanical name of Lazuriaga cymosa by R. Brown—wadukua, is a synonym for “dammara creeper” and is so called because the leaves of this creeping plant are similar to those of the Dammara Vitiensis. The fruit is black when ripe, and has one seed. Anti-mosquito shrub. Sometimes called na-tui. Guppy gives the name of vere to different plants, viz., the Smythea pacifica, and the Columbrina asiatica. In many South Sea islands forms an important addition to food-products. Small tree, grows in forests and on lime-stone formation. Another name for the candle-nut—see sekeci and lauci. The timber is almost worthless, and the heart is often found decayed as in willows. The fruit of this species of Barringtonia is considered poisonous. Though like all other drugs, if taken in excess it has bad results on account of its excessive action on the skin, and may even super-induce elephantiasis, that terrible complaint, so prevalent in Fijian villages. Called in Taihiti umara, which is very like New Zealand kumara. The leaves are cordate. It likes the neighbourhood of the sea—their square seeds were used in a favourite game called veilegi-vutu. The fluid is used as a lotion. It is called aturi, in Tahiti, and is also known in Fiji as cokamana. The ordinary grape vine, V. vinifera, belongs to this genus. (Sapindaceae)? Introduced. The leaves of this plant were formerly used by Fijians for washing their hair to destroy vermin. It yields excellent firewood. It is an introduced climber with dainty creamy-white flowers and bright-green, glabrous leaves. A shrub which bears a fairly acidulated fruit—of a pretty yellow-apricot colour. This interesting tree is also known under the names of sekeci, tuitui, and qeroqero, and of course is known to Europeans as the candle-nut tree. Rewa Province. near P. Billiardi (N.Z.) Fruit a little like raspberry. Juss. Morrison, C. and Nawadra, S. Shrubs with yellow flowers. This tree has an edible seed, which has been called the Fijian-almond, although Seemann rightly says, “it has only the shape and whiteness, but not the flavour, of the almond.” He adds, “the natives are very fond of the tavola as an ornamental tree, and frequently plant it near their houses and around their public bulidings.” It is of interest to note that lalis (native drums) are often made of the timber of the tavola—indeed its timber is said to make the best-sounding lalis. It is esteemed by Fijians, as they say the leaves cure neuralgia. It is known as kauloa in Vanua Levu, and it is like warerega (Carruthersia scandens), which is medicinal. It is of a short habit of growth, and much liked for its flavour. The gourds from this plant were formerly extensively used as containers for coconut and other oil, in place of bottles before these were introduced. The buds are used as a dye (yellow and orange) then called nag-kassar or nagesar. Angiospermae Monocotyledoneae (Pandanaceae) Pandanus Thurstoni. Colo West. As yaka grows best in rich soil, nts presence speaks well for the ground in which it flourishes. The wasiga is sometimes found in Viti Levu. This plant is a species of rattan, and gets its botanical name from the Latin for “reed” (calmus) which came from the Greek kalamos. Also called totoyava. There is. Sometimes called wamidre. The women make a drink for themselves of this and other ferns, infusing the fronds in cold water over night; they drink this early next day. This is the name given in Koro Island to the voivoi and kiekie. This is a climbing bush with rather membranaceous leaves and panicles of flowers with white sepals. In favour for its medicinal properties for the Fijians say that a drink made of the bark, etc. The roots are macerated as a cure for tooth-ache. In this connection it is interesting to remember that the Fijian word uto means heart, and uto is what the breadfruit is usually called. Name of plant: Source of plant (Scientific) Uses: 1: Aconite: Aconitum ferox –plant root: Leprosy, cholera,catarrh: 2: Aloe vera: Aloe barbadensis: Succulent leaves. A drink is made from the juice of the flowers to cause abortion—a secret medicine. Kadavu. The natives of that island sometimes call it tiairi, and they use the bark to dye their nets dark brown. Probably the same as vau-same. Commonly found on the sea-front. See vetao. There is some difference about the botanical name, lactoria is sometimes exchanged for that of odollum by modern authorities. For instance June and July were their vula-i-werewere, or weeding months; August was for the digging of the yam gardens; September for putting reeds, or vitavita sticks for the yams to climb up, and so through the procession of the months until March—the vula-kelikeli when among the many species we may mention the kawai (D. aculeata) the tivoli (D. nummularia), the kaile-tokatolu (D. pentaphylla); and note also that since many species are acrid, the wise Fijian cook was wont to add scrapings from walai stems (Entada scandens) so as to improve the flavour, and lessen the acridity. From Namara. This is accounted a cure for indigestion. Or sai. The natives grate the precious yasi wood and so produce a powder for which they find a ready sale among themselves. They also make an excellent pudding when cooked properly. Most probably has been introduced from other islands. (Convolvulaceae), Fissistigma sericeum (Fissistigma) (Anonaceae), Hydrocotyle asiatica. wakalou has a good reputation as an antiseptic. Suffice it to say the early comers left very little sandalwood uncut when they gave up the trade, and yasi is now a rare tree, and is protected by Government. It may be the variety called Uto pinnatifida, which originated in Tahiti—where there are so many sorts and interesting legends concerning the origin of the breadfruit. This fern is very commonly found in the bush, and is distinguishable on account of the blackness of its stems. Fruits globose. In Bua the juice of the leaves is used to relieve pain or irritation in the eyes. Both these are ground-orchids. Used by natives as cords, and in the construction of fish-traps; found in Colo-i-Suva road, and in Ovalau. The bark of this variety of hibiscus makes good ropes. Leaves about 1½ inches long with arcuate nerves. The settlers called it looking-glass plant, on account of the back of the leaves looking somewhat like that of a mirror. This is probably correct as Belladonna belongs to the same family. As its botanical name proclaims, this is an edible variety of Barringtonia. The banana is such a favourite fruit that it is known everywhere. They beheld a large and handsome tree, clothed with broad shining leaves, and loaded with breadfruit. Medicinal. It is thought that its Fijian name may have been imitated from the Malays who call iron, vesi, this timber being extremely hard. A ground-orchid with small flowers. Olalo, is also used in some places. There are many other varieties of varavara, and the Calanthe is by no means the only orchid, called by the natives varavara, for orchids of quite a different genus are called the same name by the Kai Viti. Sometimes suringu and gordeoody. This grass is found growing under bread-fruit trees. It has adventitious roots, and is therefore easily reproduced. 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