Timonius shrub

Timonius uniflorus
Pairau, Ketoketo & Paketa (T)

Interesting facts

 

This shrub is found on virtually all the motu of Tetiaroa, this sometimes creates a dense layer of shrub that is difficult to travel across. Its wood is hard and was used to build lances and to remove coconut husk. Apart from this, the plant is not very used in French Polynesia. It seems that it is used in traditional medicines on other islands of the Pacific. The fruit is an inedible, black, berry that birds can eat.

Family

Rubiaceae

Biogeographical status

native

Life form

shrub

Abundance on Tetiaroa

common

Ecosystem on Tetiaroa

mixed forest

sources

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

legend

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