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Pomaderris kumaraho Kumerahou, Gumdiggers soap

October 2nd 2005

Pomaderris kumaraho Kumerahou, Gumdiggers soap.

Leaves 5-8cm. long with prominent veins and midribs. A shrub to 3m.

Flowers numerous and bright yellow in spring.

North Cape to Bay of Plenty
Kumarahou is a medicinal plant.  It makes a lather if the leaves and flowers are crushed and stirred in a bowl of water. A functional lather and soap like product is made. A plant of  northern gumlands and clay banks.

If you wish to learn more about native plants I suggest one of these natural history books from fishpond

Life-size Guide to New Zealand Native Ferns: Featuring the Caterpillars Which Feed on ThemA Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New ZealandGardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native PlantsTrees and Shrubs of New ZealandThe Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Native Trees



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