Piwakawaka Mini Te Mära Reo ~ The Language Garden
Derived from *Kafika [Proto-Polynesian, from Proto-Oceanic *Kapika]

Kahikahika

 
 

Metrosideros fulgens [formerly M. scandens] (Myrtaceae)

 

NOTE - THIS PROTO-PAGE IS STILL IN THE VERY EARLIEST STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION!

The kahikahika is a liane which climbs high into the forest trees. Its stems will become 10 cm or more thick, covered with a brown flaky bark. The flowers are born in profusion through the autumn and winter months -- the petals of the flower bids and the tips of the stamens are yellow, and the rest of the flower is bright red or orange. Occasionally, the whole flower may be yellow when it first opens.

The name is a reduplicated form of the root "kahika" (the last two syllables of the root are repeared -- meaning "a kind of kahika", or "reminiscent of a kahika", from Proto-Polynesian *kafika. Follow the link at the top of this page for more information!

The kahikahika is not yet in our garden, but will be eventually joining its linguistic and botanical relatives here!

 

 

Metrosideros fulgens

 

PPN: *Kafika Syzygium malaccensis (Myrtaceae)

Tongan: Fekika (Syzygium malaccensis)
Niuean: Fekakai (S. malaccensis) & Kafika (S. inophylloides)
Samoan: Nonu fi'afi'a (S. malaccensis)
Hawaiian: 'öhia 'ai (S. malaccensis) & öhia, 'öhia lehua (Metrosideros spp.)
Rarotongan: Rarotongan: Ka'ika (S. malaccensis)

Note: In English, this vine is also known as a "Rata".

 

 

 

Source of photograph: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Mfulgens267.jpg

 

 

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