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mauku

1. (noun) filmy ferns, Hymenophyllum spp. - mostly creeping, perching native ferns with thin, translucent fronds. Common in damp forest, mostly on tree trunks but also sometimes on rocks or on the ground.

Ka whārikitia ki te kiokio ki te mauku ka whakatakotoria ki runga (TP 8/1903:6). / Kiokio fern and mauku fern were laid out and it was placed on top.

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See also piripiri, irirangi


2. (noun) dwarf cabbage tree, pigmy cabbage tree, Cordyline pumilio - found in the northern half of the North Island in scrubby areas. Has a short stem and long narrow leaves and does not grow higher than 1 m.

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