Herb latin name: Elaeocarpus hookerianus
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Elaeocarpus hookerianus:Lowland to montane forest in North, South and Stewart Islands, southwards from latitude 35°south.
Other uses of the herb:A blue/black dye is obtained from the plant (probably from the bark).
Propagation of Elaeocarpus hookerianus:Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Seed can be very slow to germinate, sometimes taking 2 years or more. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of almost ripe shoots, August/September in a sandy soil in a frame. The leaves should be left on the stem.
Cultivation of the herb:Lowland to montane forest in North, South and Stewart Islands, southwards from latitude 35°south.
Medicinal use of Elaeocarpus hookerianus:None known
Known hazards of Elaeocarpus hookerianus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.