*Puka tea [Proto Polynesian]

Pukatea

Laurelia novaezelandiae , "Pukatea" (Atherospermataceae); also
Griselinia lucida, "Puka, akapuka, akakōpuka" (Griseliniaceae);
Griselinia littoralis, "Kāpuka, pāpāuma, māihiihi, paraparauma, tapatapauma, Broadleaf" (Griseliniaceae);
Epilobium cinereum, "Narrow-leaved willow herb " (Onagraceae);
Senecio glomeratus, "Fireweed" (Asteraceae); and
Pseudongaphalium luteoalbum, "Jersey cudweed" (Asteraceae);

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Alternative names are listed above in the entries for the various species sharing this name.

ETYMOLOGY:
From PROTO EASTERN OCEANIC *buka, "Large littoral trees, including Pisonia species (Nyctagynaceae), and Gyrocarpus americanus (Hernandiaceae) ",
through PROTO CENTRAL PACIFIC *buka, As for Proto Eastern Oceanic, but expanded to include Hernandia nymphaefolia (Hernandiacae).
to PROTO POLYNESIAN *puka, "A general term (taxon) for large littoral trees, notably including Pisonia grandis (Nyctagynaceae), along with Hernandia nymphaefolia and Gyrocarpus americanus (Hernandiaceae)";

Plus:

PROTO CENTRAL PACIFIC *tea "white" =
PROTO POLYNESIAN *Puka-tea, Pisonia grandis (Nyctagynaceae).
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COGNATE WORDS IN SOME OTHER POLYNESIAN LANGUAGES
Niuean: Pukatea (Pisonia grandis, Nyctagynaceae)
Tahitian: Pu'atea (Pisonia grandis, P. brunoniana, Nyctagynaceae)
Tuamotuan: Pukatea (Pisonia grandis, Nyctagynaceae)
Manahiki-Rakahanga: Pukatea (Pisonia grandis, Nyctagynaceae)
Penrhyn: Puka tea (Pisonia grandis , Nyctagynaceae)
Pukapuka: Pukatea (Pisonia grandis, Nyctagynaceae)
Rarotongan: Pukatea (Pisonia grandis, Nyctagynaceae)

RELATED MĀORI PLANT NAMES
Puka: A name applied generically to a select number of species having in common a littoral or damp habitat and relatively large leaves, including, among others: Meryta sinclairii "Puka" (Araliaceae), and Griselinia lucida "Puka, Akapuka" (Griseliniaceae).
Kāpuka (Grisilina littoralis, "Kāpuka", Griseliniaceae);
Pukapuka (Reduplication of Puka -- Brachyglotis repanda, "Rangiora", Asteraceae)
Akapuka (Aka "vine" + Puka) Griselinia lucida, "Puka, akapuka", Griseliniaceae.


Watch this space! This page is still very much under construction. However, it contains the essential linguistic and botanical information, to which both text and pictures will be added progressively as soon as time permits. See the first item in the "News" page for more information.

The pale-trunked, massively butressed Pukatea, Laurelia novaezelandiae, is clearly reminiscent of its tropical namesakes, and the habitat and large leaves of the Griselinias make their sharing this name scarcely surprising. Why the other three plants should be called Pukatea is a mystery to be solved. {A lot more to come!!}

References and further reading: See linked pages and general works on NZ trees and other native plants in the bibliography.

Photographs: Details when they are in place! Meanwhile try the NZPCN website.

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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