Expert feature: The humble cabbage tree/ tī kouka

Did you know that the trunk of the cabbage tree is so fire-resistant that early European settlers used it to make chimneys. The dried leaves also made excellent kindling. And the settlers also brewed beer from the root.

Dr Philip Simpson is a Takaka-based botanist and the author of several books including Dancing Leaves, which is about cabbage trees.

Expert feature: The humble cabbage tree/ tī kouka
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