Herbarium Sheet Detail
NTBG Plant Name:
Michael J. Balick
August 7, 2007
! David H. Lorence, 2008
Peterson Adelbai, Stephen Dahmer, Yadana Desmond, Christopher Kitalong, Nicholas Penna
Taro to 50 cm tall in taro patch.
Uses: Food - Edible taro; leaves are used for soup. Boil the taro leaves for a long time with coconut milk (Cocos nucifera, [Lius]) and other ingredients. (CK).
Medicinal - When head is hit by an object, cut the stem of the kukau and scrape the stem - crush the end and apply to the head. Use the jice to rub on the bump. This will stop the pain, and numb the area. Similar to the way aloe (Aloe vera) is used. Could work on any part of the body. Numbs the pain for about an hour. It is usually applied only once, and is used for immediate relief. (CK).
Comments: Going up from Kitalong residence up to the forest near the taro patch. Along stream that ends at the Airai annex. Additional interview (August 7, 2007): Obakradebkar Clarence Kitalong (CK). (Additional interviewer Kiblas Soaladaob).
Disturbed forest near taro patch and resident area.
Date of Record Creation:
May 1, 2012
Date of Last Update:
April 26, 2022
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