Cabbage Tree 2
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|Ti Kouka, Cabbage Tree |
Scientific Name: Cordyline australis
Synonym: Dracaena australis
The Cabbage Tree / Ti Kouka (Tea Koo-car) is a native of New Zealand, where it was grown in a variety of habitats. Cabbage trees are very common on New Zealand’s landscape. They are sculptural and architectural in their form, and fast growing, attaining a height of 5-10 metres.
The centres of the new shoots were eaten as a green vegetable by the Maori People of New Zealand. They were a valuable food, especially in areas like the swamplands of South Island, where it is hard to cultivate crops and all the more so because the plants will regenerate themselves after being harvested.
The Maori have also used the tree for medicinal purposes: externally as a wound healing herb for cuts and sores, and internally for settling the alimentary tract in complaints such as dysentery and stomach pains. Very helpful!
In Polynesia members of the Cordyline genus were used to make hula skirts. The leaves of the tree have been used, wherever they grow, to line baskets. In modern gardening, where so many wire hanging baskets are used, they can be used very effectively for this purpose.
No, we do not get cabbages from this tree. I found this one growing alongside Lake Pupuke (Pew-pook-kee) in Milford today. A couple of its branches have died off, and the greenery is quite sparse. But you can see the remains of some of the old flower / seed heads still on the plant. I liked the sculptural form of it.
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This is a pretty sparse one indeed.There has been a desiese decimating the species over the last decade or so.There seem to be a fair few healthy ones around though,especially on the west coast and in the South Island.
- [2005-04-13 7:33]
Janice - this photo is work of art! Composition, colours, shapes - all great. Your frame is very suitable also. And of course I love Maori name - Ti Kouka!
Very nice composition, good POV and details. I would just push a bit more contrast on the tree to get it black.
- [2005-04-13 8:49]
Very nice art photo. I like its composition and colors. The contrast of background and Dracaena is fantastic.
Very arty Janice!
Just wonderful. Nice polish...eeee New Zealand blue sky :-)
I posted some polish snow for you ;-)))
Hello Janice, Well composed shot with a good perspective. They are tall aren't they! Low clouds low help make the shot. Well done!
A simple and beautiful composition. Perfect against the blue sky..