Pacific Rosewood

Thespesia populnea
Bois de rose
Miro (S, T, G, A)

Interesting facts

The Miro is a tree with yellow heart shaped leaves. Its high quality wood was and still is used in spears, bludgeons, canoes, ‘umete, and furniture in general. The tree inspired priests since it was the emanation of Roro’o (prior singer), it was thus indispensable for marae. Sacred statues, or idols (ti’i, tiki), were built in pink wood. Its young branches were used for sacred ceremonies: the clergy had them in their hands. It is still used in traditional medicine, and its fruit can treat jellyfish stings among other things.   
 

Family

Malvaceae

Biogeographical status

Native

Life form

Tree

Abundance on Tetiaroa

Not Common

Ecosystem on Tetiaroa

mixed forest

sources
legend

S: Society | T: Tuamotu | M: Marquesas | G: Gambier | A: Australs | FP: French Polynesia