Bois matelot

Pemphis acidula
Shrubby Coral Pemphis
Miki Miki (T, G, A) ‘A’ie (S, T, A)

Particularités

The Miki Miki is a large brush with small white flower that are very sought after by the bees of Tetiaroa. It is often confused with the ‘O’uru (Suriana maritima) which has yellow flowers. It is most often found on the edge of the ocean, in the hoa, and on the ocean facade of atoll motu. Its dissemination is done by hydrochory since its seeds float well. It is not found in the Marquises. This species is very resistant to salt, its wood is also hard and resistant. It is used to build spears, hooks, or bludgeons among other things.  

Famille

Lythraceae

Biogéographical status

Native

Type biologique

Shrub

Abondance sur Tetiaroa

Common

Écosystème sur Tetiaroa

Beach

sources
légende

S: Societé | T: Tuamotu | M: Marquesas | G: Gambier | A: Australs | FP: Polynésie française