Ripogonum scandens


This is the tarzan of the jungle plant which forms the thick rope like stems which hang down on large loops. The leaqves of the supplejack are seen high up in the treetops. They are shiny, dark green and distinctly paired with a number of leaflets down each side of the "stem". The red berries are a food source for birds and also eaten by the Maori. The stems were most useful both to the early European and the Maori for ladders, baskets and a number of other uses. The roots were used by the Maori for rheumatism and skin conditions.
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