63 Cabbage Tree Cordyline australis

Family: Asparagaceae

Widely distributed throughout NZ. It was an important tree for Maori who called it ti kouka and used the durable fibre for ropes, baskets etc. The stems and rhizomes were cooked and used to sweeten other foods. The growing tips could be eaten raw. The flowers, very noticeable around Christmas attract a wide variety of insects and later the fruit is a favourite food of wood pigeons.