beach gardenia

Guettarda speciosa
Sea randa, Zebra wood
Tafano (S, T, A), Kahaia (T), Hano (M)

Interesting facts

The little white flowers of Tafano smell very good, and are used to make necklaces and crown of flowers. These flowers can also be used in the preparation of monoi to hydrate and perfume skin and hair. Its resistant wood allow it to be made into traditional canoes, and furniture. The charcoal could even be used for dental hygiene in Marquesas Islands. Its large leaves sometimes replace plates or help wrap food to be cooked.  

Family

Rubiaceae

Biogeographical status

indigenous

Life form

shrub or small tree

Abundance on Tetiaroa

common

Ecosystem on Tetiaroa

mixed forest, beach (backshore)

sources

Butaud J.F., Gérard J., Guibal D., 2011. Guide des arbres de Polynésie française, bois et utilisations. 2e édition, Au vent des îles.

Jost X., Ansel J.L., Raharivelomanana P., Butaud J.F., 2016. Ethnobotanical survey of cosmetic plants used in Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia). Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.

Barrau, 1971. Useful plants of Tahiti. Société des Océanistes, Paris, Dossier 8.

legend

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