bay cedar

Suriana maritima
'O'uru

Interesting facts

The ‘O’uru is a small brush with yellow flowers. These flowers are finer than those of the Miki miki (Pemphis acidula). Just like the Miki miki, it is very resistant to salty environments and can grow in nutrient-poor soil. We generally find it at the edge of the water, on the beaches, in hoa ,and on the oceanic facades. Because of its resistance to salt, its bark is turned into a paste and used for waterproofing canoes. Its wood is used to make hooks and other small objects. The green leaves have medicinal properties, used in baths it can treat dermal problems.

Family

Surianaceae

Biogeographical status

Indigenous

Life form

Shrub

Abundance on Tetiaroa

Very common

Ecosystem on Tetiaroa

Beach (backshore)

sources

Guide floristique des atolls soulevés des Tuamotu. DIREN, Papeete, Polynésie française

legend

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