The leaves of this convolvulus are said to cure pains in head and ears, if chewed, put to steep in water and the liquid drunk. It is commonly found on sea-beaches, but does not do well inland. This plant has big roots, often eaten by the natives baked like yams, etc. Search the catalogue for collection items held by the National Library of Australia. Another name for a species of banana, commonly called the China Banana. It grows best in sandy soil, near the sea. Also called vola, see rewa. amidst the thick reeds and ferns of the inland plains, which are called talasiga, by the Fijians, and are found sometimes at considerable altitudes. There is an element of thrilling romance about the old-time stories of the sandalwood-traders and the dangers they brought on themselves by the way they had of rousing the ire of the wholly savage natives, but this is not the place for a resumé of their history. Coriaceous leaves with recurved margin, flowers with three stamens. It is interesting to notice that in Makatea (French Oceania) this tree is known also by the name of tuitui. Shrub. They are sweet-scented and might be used in perfumery. This is one of the medicines that are used secretly by native women. They boil these and drink the water, and apply the warm leaves as a poultice. This variety of Calanthe has a drooping habit. Fern-like plant in Nadroga, very similar to the senasena. Name in Colo West varalevu. Conspicuous scarlet flowers according to Sykes; rose-pink as found in Bua Province. Called also usi, uee, and wasewase. Clubs of a gigantic size were formerly made from this variety of Musa. The flowers are red, on long pedicles. Also called, sometimes, warasidina. The leaves, when young are furfuraceous, but glabrous when mature. This shrub is found in Vanua Levu, and is seldom more than six feet in height. This is the name given in Koro Island to the voivoi and kiekie. Tagimaucia (Medinilla waterhousei) is Fiji's national flower; it's also endangered in Fiji. This is the Nadroga name. Mile-a-minute, although an introduced plant from America, is to be found almost everywhere in Fiji. This variety bings forth ripe cotton-bolls all the year round. vutudina in contradistinction to vutuniwai, is said to be a very good food, and its fruit is better than that of the B. edulis. The petals are white and so are the long silky stamens. By this time it was daylight; she awoke her son, and took him out. It is known commonly to Europeans as the dodder. Probably introduced. (To pinch or press—vasakinikini). This is a common kind and has pinnafied leaves, and when fully ripe is free of prickles, it is larger than the uto dina. The roots are long and cylindrical, as thick as a man's arm. To make the charm more efficacious, the first fish caught must be thrown back again. It grows freely on the sea-coast all over the group, and is frequently found growing near noko-noko trees and flourishes well in their vicinity. They also make an excellent pudding when cooked properly. Printer, Wright, C. Harold. Department of Agriculture. The root and bark are used for rheumatic pains. Also varavara, in Vanua Levu. This plant grows on the famous Navakasiga rock, otherwise known as Black rock, in the Bua province. This is a very beautiful creeper; found in Viti Levu. At present not possible to give classified name. denimana may be euphoniously translated as “goats' droppings,” etc. It is also esteemed as a cure for abscesses. A small tree, thrives in under-wood, especially in Colo West. wainimate (medicine) used by Fijian women, though of questionable value. Ixora Amplexicaulis (Rubiaceae) H;B.R.P. It is mentioned in Wilkes' book descriptive of the 1840 American expedition. In India the juice from the leaves of the Musa sapientum is taken as an antidote to snake-poison. Found in Bua forest. The wase is often to be seen near the coast, frequently growing as shrubs, but sometimes as small trees 15 to 20 feet high. There are both red- and white-flowered plants. They scrape the bark, and boil it in sea-water to make a tissane, sometimes adding yalu leaves. The leaves are large (5 inches long by 3 inches broad) smooth and glossy. of Agriculture) ; no. Also called uto-kalasai. Has fruit of an agreeable tartness. This is a true sarsaparilla and is by the natives called kadragi, warusi and nakauwa. Seeds oval and of a red colour. It is of a short habit of growth, and much liked for its flavour. The above species of Musa do not seem to have distinctive classical names. Forty feet in height, fruit are ellipsoid, yellowish or yellow red when fully ripe. Girth about six feet. Fijian form of Ebenezer. Sometimes it goes by the name of vesivesi. Same as wakiwaki. Tendrils used for drink to relieve stomach-ache. The Kai Viti use this variety of cordyline for fences or hedges. & Fiji. It has white globose infloresences with very long styles. will cure both rheumatism and kidney-trouble, as well as being a good medicine for children troubled with either aptha or croup. Edible, according to Fijians, and Colo natives sometimes eat the tender young leaves as they do many other ferns in the place of spinach. This species grows wild in woods, and is often used for hedges and attains the height of from twelve to fourteen feet. Known also as ravulevu. They are very good pickled. Four hundred and fifty plant species are described.The entries for species are arranged by plant family, and give current botanical name, Fijian or local name, brief botanical notes, medicinal uses and chemistry. Double hand-fuls of the leaves, crushed and chopped small; boiled in a quart of sea-water, reduced to half quantity. This is a peculiarly interesting tree to have been found in Fiji, for the genus was not previously known outside China and Formosa (Kew). When native women go a-fishing they take very great care that nothing shall spoil their enterprise. Formerly the leaves were used after being roasted for caulking canoes. A very aromatic herb. It is used medicinally also for kidney and bladder-troubles—being a strong sudorific as already said. Sometimes suringu and gordeoody. There is. Has sharply toothed pinnate fronds. Herbaceous. Stipes black at base, hence its Fijian name (so contracted from loa, which means black). There is a native superstition in regard to these Alpinias. Is sometimes called A. vitiensis. Its Fijian name means simply poor or worthless sandalwood. Sometimes smooth-skinned, at others hairy. Used for food, but less valued than the via-kana. “In the reign of a certain king, when the people eat red earth, a man had an only son, whom he loved tenderly. Leaves of the young plants often 9 to 12 inches long, and 6 inches broad, but the leaves as the tree grows larger, are smaller, as in so many shrubs and trees. The bark very sweet. Th … Printer Suva 1918. the sinugaga is also considered good for sore eyes, though it is a poisonous plant. It is known commonly to Europeans as the dodder. In the New Testament the town of Bethany is the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. In Tahiti it is known as the purat-teruere, often found growing with H. Tiliacius. Oblong fruit. Called also senikuila. (Rubiaceae) also classified as Calycosia petiolata (A. Found in the bush near creeks. It goes by the name of ra in both Samoa and Tahiti. Another name for mulomulo, according to Wright in Bulletin No. The inside of the lip is yellow and purple. Fiji is a biodiversity hotspot for palms with 24 of our 30 native species being only found in Fiji, while In the genus Psychotria 72 of the 76 nati ve Fijian species are endemic. 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