July Answers

Questions:

  1. The most common Maori names used for five-finger is Whauwhaupaku or Puahou
  2. The Maori most commonly used five-finger bark when it was green to use as skids when hauling canoes and the gum was used as a glue.
  3. Commonly there are 5 leaflets but they can vary from 5 – 7.
  4. The name for the leaflet stalk is a petiolule which are typically between 3 – 5 cm long.
  5. The stalks or petiolules.
  6. If the flowers you collected have stamens, which bear the pollen, it will be male. On the other hand if only the ovary is present it will be a female flower.
  7. Dark purple

Glossary:

  1. Palmate – a leaf divided into several leaflets which arise at the same point.
  2. Compound leaf – of a leaf having the blade divided into two or more distinct leaflets.
  3. Dioecious – having the male and female reproductive structures on separate plants.
  4. Monoecious – having the male and female reproductive structures in separate flowers but on the same plant.
  5. Ovary – the female part of a flower consisting of a basal portion of a carpel (organ at the centre of a flower) or group of fused carpels, enclosing the ovule(s) which develop into the seed(s)
  6. Stamen – the male organs of a flower, consisting typically of a stalk (called the filament) and a pollen-bearing portion (called the anther).
  7. Umbel – a flower in which all the individual flower stalks arise in a cluster from one point and are of about equal length.