Latin name: Laurelia novae-zealandiae
Synonyms: Laurelia novae-zelandiae
Medicinal use of Pukatea:Analgesic, odontalgic.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Lowland semi-swamp and gully forests in North and South Islands, south to latitude 46°s.
Other uses of Pukatea:The multi-coloured wood is used in furniture making and to build boats, for it does not easily split.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow February or March in a warm greenhouse. Germination rates are variable. 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, and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in individual pots in sandy soil in a frame. Keep them moist. Fair percentage. Layering in spring.
Cultivation of Pukatea:Lowland semi-swamp and gully forests in North and South Islands, south to latitude 46°s.
Known hazards of Laurelia novae-zealandiae:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.