Photographer's Note

In continuation from the note with the previous posting, here’s another note from Trees
for Survival

Growing tips in your plant growing unit
Young cabbage trees look a lot like flax; you can tell the difference because they have narrower, sharper leaves than flax and do not have flax's distinctive mid-rib on the under-side of the leaf. Cabbage trees can stay in their root trainers for their year in your Unit.
Planting out for soil conservation
Cabbage trees are good "colonising" species - they grow happily on bare ground or exposed places. Their strong root system helps stop soil slip on steep slopes. Because they tolerate wet soil, they are a useful species for planting on stream banks to control bank erosion.
Used to . . .
Maori used Ti Kouka both as a food and as a fibre. The root, stem and top are all edible, a good source of starch and sugar. The fibre is separated by long cooking or by breaking up before cooking. The leaves were woven into baskets, sandals, rope, rain capes and other items and were also made into tea to cure diarrhoea and dysentery. The name ‘cabbage tree' came from Captain Cook and his sailors, who ate the shoots to prevent scurvy. The trunk of the cabbage tree is so fire resistant that ear y settlers used it to make chimneys for their huts! Conveniently, too, the leaves made fine kindling.

The cabbage tree’s foliage creates a nice contrast to other trees and its presence really stands out against other native species. This one is surrounded by totara trees, with have a dense coverage of very small, sharp tipped leaves.

This is one of several photos I took of cabbage trees while driving the tractor home from making silage late last year. I’ve chosen the three I liked best for posting. This is the second and was taken the same day I took the nikau palm photos I posted previously. Alterations to this pic were limited to a slight increase in saturation to accentuate the colours.

Kind regards

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