Shrubby Coral Pemphis

Pemphis acidula
Bois matelot
Miki Miki (T, G, A) ‘A’ie (S, T, A)

Interesting facts

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.  

Family

Lythraceae

Biogeographical status

Native

Life form

Shrub

Abundance on Tetiaroa

Common

Ecosystem on Tetiaroa

Beach

sources
legend

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