beach heliotrope

Heliotropium foertherianum
Faux tabac, arbre à gratte
Tahinu (S, T), Tohonu (S, T, A), Geogeo (T)

Interesting facts

This tree grows exclusively on the seashore. It is especially abundant on atolls. Its wood is very resistant to salt and buds, it's used to make furniture, canoes, or in all types of construction. Its leaves, prepared as a decoction, can relieve the symptoms of ciguatera (or "gratte"). Bark and cooked leaves can also relieve them if the sick person drink it like an infusion. Flowers, which smell good, are sometimes used to make monoi.

Family

Boraginaceae

Biogeographical status

indigenous

Life form

tree

Abundance on Tetiaroa

abundant

Ecosystem on Tetiaroa

beach (backshore)

sources

Butaud J.F., 2013. Tuamotu du centre, Guide floristique. Direction de l'Environnement.

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

legend

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