Entries from Whistler 1990 in Pollex-Online

Whistler, W. A. (1990). "Ethnobotany of the Cook Islands: the plants, their Maori names and their uses." Allertonia 5(4).

Language Item Description
Rarotongan ʔAnge (Geniostoma sykesii) ("Apparently Cheeseman (1903) and Campbell (1932) mistakenly applied this name (misspelled as angi) to the similar looking but unrelated Coprosma laevigata." Problematic
Rarotongan ʔAke (Dodonaea viscosa) "...according to Cheeseman and a few subsequent authors, but not confirmed by the present author."
Rarotongan ʔAke/ʔake A native tree (Sapinda vitiensis)
Rarotongan Aoa Banyan tree (Ficus prolicxa) on outer islands
Samoan Asi (Syzygium spp.)
Penrhyn Hano A tree (Guettarda speciosa)
Rarotongan ʔEnua A tree with very large leaves and reddish timber (Macaranga harveyana) Problematic
Rarotongan Auere A small tree (Grewia crenata)
Rarotongan ʔEki A fern tree (Smith 1898:175). (Cyathea spp.) (Whr)
Rarotongan Ngangie Indigenous shrubs (Pemphis acidula) and (Suriana maritima)
Rarotongan Ngaio A small indigenous tree common in littoral vegetation on Mangaia and around the lake on Miti`aro (Myoporum sandwicense)
Penrhyn Ngasu An erect to prostrate shrub (Scaevola sericea) ; Scaevola frutescens
Pukapuka Ngayu A tree (Scaevola sericea)
Rarotongan Nga(nga)ʔu An erect to prostrate littoral plant (Scaevola sericea)
Rarotongan Ngatae The indigenous Coral Tree (Erythrina variegata) and the introduced Dadap Tree (Erythrina subumbrans)
Pukapuka Ongoongo A small weed (Chamaesyce prostrata)
Rarotongan Kamika A small shrub with large leaves whose flowers are used for scenting oil . (Siegesbeckia orientalis)
Rarotongan Kaakaʔo Arrow . A reed (Miscanthus floridulus)
Rarotongan Kavakava (Pittosporum arborescens) [RAR, MKE]
Rarotongan Kea Thrush, a common fungal mouth infection of children
Rarotongan Kiekie (Freycinetia wilderi)
Rarotongan Koʔekoʔe Various large-leaved grasses
Rarotongan Koʔekoʔe Various large-leaved grasses
Rarotongan Kotuku A shrub (Mussaenda Raiateensis)
Pukapuka Kulu Breadfruit
Rarotongan Rara A tree (Vitex trifolia)
Rarotongan Raupoo A large indigenous or introduced bulrush found on some of the outer islands (Scirpus subulatus)
Rarotongan Renga The aboriginally introduced turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Pukapuka Nuna A herb (Laportea ruderalis)
Rarotongan Mauku Grass, rushes, hay, straw . Any ruderal plant (usually grasses and sedges) that grows as a weed, particularly in taro patches, and whose only use may be for feeding animals
Rarotongan Maire General name for ferns, but most commonly applied to (Phymatosorus scolopendria), an indigenous terrestrial or epiphytic fern
Rarotongan Maire-kakara A fern with fragrant leaves (Microsorium sylvaticum)
Rarotongan Maki Sick, ill, diseased ; general term for illness
Rarotongan Maʔame A medium sized, indigenous tree (Glochidion ramiflorum)
Rarotongan Miro An indigenous, medium-sized tree (Thespesia populnea)
Rarotongan Mataʔoi Ylangilang (Cananga odorata) Borrowed Phonologically Irregular
Rarotongan Naʔe A tree-fern (Angiopteris evecta)
Rarotongan Nau An indigenous herb (Lepidium bidentatum)
Rarotongan Neinei A small, endemic tree (Fitchia speciosa)
Rarotongan Nono The aboriginally introduced Indian Mulberry (Morinda citrifolia)
Manihiki-Rakahanga Nenu Morinda citrifolia Phonologically Irregular
Rarotongan ʔOrongaa Small tree sp. (Pipturus argenteus)
Rarotongan Uʔi-/parai/ Yam variety . Probably (Dioscorea mummularia)
Rarotongan Pia Polynesian Arrowroot (Tacca leontopetaloides)
Rarotongan Pooʔue Indigenous beach pea (Vigna marina), also indigenous beach morning-glory (Ipomoea pes-caprae) and, on Mangaia, Ma`uke, Miti`aro, an aboriginally introduced vine (Luffa cylindrica)
Rarotongan Po(o)ʔutu/kava A coastal shrub with white berries (Sophora tomentosa) Ngaputoru name . (Scaevola sericea.) Phonologically Irregular
Rarotongan Poro Solanum spp. (Aitutaki, Atiu)....
Rarotongan Poroʔiti (Solanum viride)
Rarotongan Pua (Fagraea berteroana)
Rarotongan Pukatea A large, indigenous tree (Pisonia grandis)