Laurus calicaris Sol. ex A.Cunn.
Malapoenna calicaris Kuntze
Tetranthera calicaris Hook.f.
Tetranthera tangao R.Cunn. ex A.Cunn.
Common Name: Mamgeao
Litsea calicaris is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 15 metres tall with a bole up to 80cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and for commercial use of its wood.
New Zealand - North Island
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Combined with kōhutuku (Fuchsia excorticata) and tātarāmoa (Rubus australis) the plant is used in a vapour bath in traditional medicine in New Zealand to ease childbirth and to promote discharge of the lochia afterwards[
The white wood is firm, strong, and of great elasticity[
]. It is suitable for a great variety of purposes requiring strength, toughness, and elasticity combined with light weight[
]. The wood is somewhat difficult to work[
]. It.is used to make barrels, wheels, coach shafts, ship's blocks etc[
The wood is procurable in lengths up to 7.5 metres and up to 45cm wide[