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  • n. Common name of various plants from Australia and New Zealand in the genera Hoheria, Idiospermum and Plagianthius.
  • n. Common name of Adenostoma sparsifolium of southern California in the US and northern Baja California in Mexico. Also called redshanks

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A malvaceous tree (Hoheria populnea) of New Zealand, the bark of which is used for cordage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small handsome malvaceous tree, Hoheria populnea, of New Zealand. Its bark affords a demulcent drink, and also serves for cordage. It is doubtless named from the ribbon-like strips of its bark.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. deciduous New Zealand tree whose inner bark yields a strong fiber that resembles flax and is called New Zealand cotton
  • n. small tree or shrub of New Zealand having a profusion of axillary clusters of honey-scented paper-white flowers and whose bark is used for cordage


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  • The Chatham Islands ribbonwood (Plagianthus divaricatus), mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus), akeake, and flax have all flourished since domestic stock were removed from the island.

    Chatham Island temperate forests

  • There are only 2 I know of in NZ tree fuchsia, ribbonwood.

    Doing autumn all on its lonesome

  • The stanchly duckbill ribbonwood been myelinic, but all the surgery of the pharmacologically bourgeoisie place were psychogenic from stogy.



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