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Hoheria populnea - houhere, lacebark

Mallow family: Malvaceae

Hoheria populnea is a small spreading tree with pointed elliptic leaves with doubly serrated margins. Often the lower leaf surface is a pale purple. The common name refers to a lacy web of fibres within the smooth bark for which the Māori had many uses. Hoheria populnea is found in the upper half of the North Island in lowland forest
An endemic genus with 7 species. 

Preparation of bark for fibre use


Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 10 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 20-25 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, oval

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 6-18 cm

Petals: 5, white

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: numerous

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry