*Mako [Proto Polynesian]

Makomako, Mako

Aristotelia serrata (Elaeocarpaceae)

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ETYMOLOGY:
From Proto Oceanic *maRako Trichospermum richii (Tiliaceae); through
Proto Polynesian: *Mako Trichospermum richii and other trees with similar appearance or characteristics.

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COGNATE WORDS IN SOME OTHER POLYNESIAN LANGUAGES
Tongan: Mako (Melochia aristata, Steruliaceae).
Samoan: Ma'o (Melochia aristata, M. odorata, & Commersonia bartramia, Steruliaceae & Trichospermum richii (Tiliaceae).
Tahitian: Ma'o (Melochia aristata & Commersonia bartramia, Steruliaceae)
Hawaiian: Ma'o (Abutilon incanum & Gossypium hirsutum, Malvaceae)

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The makomako is a small, bushy tree growing to about 10m high, found throughout New Zealand. It is one of the first trees to reappear in regenerating forest. Its bunches of dark, currant-sized berries yield a luscious juice, which was much esteemed by Māori and new settlers alike; it's English alternative name, "wineberry" relates to one of the uses made of the juice by nineteenth century European settlers. The serrated leaves are conspicuously veined on the undersides, which also often have a reddish blush.


References and further reading: There is more information about this tree along with good photographs on the NZ Plant Conservation Network's web site. See also our on-line Bibliography

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Te Mära Reo, c/o Benton Family Trust, "Tumanako", RD 1, Taupiri, Waikato 3791, Aotearoa / New Zealand. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand License