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pōhue

1. (noun) convolvulus, bindweed, New Zealand bindweed, Calystegia sepium - a herbaceous perennial that twines around other plants to a height of up to 2-4 m. Leaves are arranged spirally, simple, pointed at the tip and arrowhead shaped, 5-10 cm long and 3-7 cm broad. Flowers are produced from late spring to the end of summer. The open flowers are trumpet-shaped, 3-7 cm diameter, white, or pale pink with white stripes. A name given to several climbing plants.

Ko te rite ia kei te whare pakaru e awhitia nei e te pōhue, matomato tonu, ngotongoto tonu, ki te titiro atu, ko roto ia he pirau, he popopo (TTT 1/3/1923:195). / It is but a ruined building wreathed with ivy, all lush and fresh to look at, but rotten inside.

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2. (noun) New Zealand passionfruit, Passiflora tetrandra - native tendril climber with alternating, pointed, shiny leaves, white flowers smaller than the garden passionfruit and orange-coloured, pear-shaped fruit.

E kī ana, i mua i pai te kai a te Māori, he kūmera, he aruhe, he pōhue, he manu, he kaingārā, he tuna, he mātaitai; e mea ana anō i kaha rawa te tangata i tērā wā. Ināianei, kua mahue te aruhe, me te pōhue kua kore te kaingārā, kua iti haere te manu, kua iti haere hoki te ngaki o te kūmera—, kua tahuri te tangata ki te kānga piro (TH 1/7/1859:2). / It is said that in former times the diet of the Māori consisted of kūmara, fern root, New Zealand passionfruit, birds, yellow moray eels, eels and seafood; and it was also said that people were stronger at that time. Now, the fern root has been abandoned along with the New Zealand passionfruit and the yellow moray eels is gone, birds have decreased and the cultivation of kūmara has also dwindled and people have turned to fermented corn.

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3. (noun) wire vine, Muehlenbeckia complexa - a native twining stem climber found behind sand dunes and on rocky ground. It has small, round to heart-shaped alternating leaves. The flowers are inconspicuous and the fruit is a black, three-angled seed in a fleshy, ice-coloured cup.

See also pōhuehue

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