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*Lata [Proto-Polynesian, possibly from Proto-Fijiic *lata]; *Rata, Proto Central Eastern Polynesian]

Rätä

 
 

Metrosideros robusta & M. umbellata (Myrtaceae)

 

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

The Northern rätä (Metrosideros robusta) is a huge forest tree that usually begins life perching on a host tree, which it eventually engulfs with its aereal roots and replaces. When mature it will be 25 metres or so high. The Southern rätä (which is also found naturally in the north of the North Island, but is more common in the South Island) is a smaller, more conventional tree (i.e. it starts off as a seedling in the ground).

The flower of the (initially epiphytic) rätä is known as kahika -- q.v.

 

 

N Rata
Metrosideros robusta

S Rata
Metrosideros umbellata

PCEPn: *Rata Metrosideros sp. (Myrtaceae)

Tahitian: Rata (Metrosideros collina [Myrtaceae]) & Rätä (Inocarpus edulis [Fabaceae])
Marquesan: Ata (Eugenia rariflora [Myrtaceae])
Rarotongan: Rätä (Metrosideros collina)

Note: Possible Fijian cognates are listed on the page for *Lata ~ *Rata (link at the top).

Sources of Photographs: Metrosideros robusta - Wellington Botanical Society (John Braggins) http://wellingtonbotsoc.wellington.net.nz/articles/2003/hutt_rata.html;
Metrosideros umbellata - Hebe Society http://www.hebesoc.org/nz_plants/nz_plants_m/metrosideros_umbellata/metrosideros_umbellata.htm.

 

 

 

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