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Mamaku - Black Tree Fern (Cyathea medullaris) detail
Photo By Myra Onerahi, Whangarei, New Zealand
 


Mamaku - Black Tree Fern (Cyathea medullaris) detail

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Also known as a "ponga" or "punga" which has become a generic term for tree ferns.

This new fond on Myra's Black Tree Fern, grows in a shape called Koru, which is common in Māori art.

Punga is a Māori god. The God of certain sea creatures and all ugly or mal-formed, things.
From which the expression 'Te aitanga a Punga' (The Child of Punga) used to describe an ugly person.

Mamaku (c. 17901887), was a Māori chief and warrior.
of the Ngati Haua te Rangi tribe of the Wanganui River, although it uncertain if one is named for the other.



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