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puʻukaʻa

/ puʻu.kaʻa / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

n., A coarse native sedge (Cyperus ferax var. auriculatus), growing in marshes. It has long narrow leaves, and many tiny flowers are borne at the top of a stem. 6 to 1 m high, in a large ray-shaped head. stem .6 to 1 m. high, in a large ray-shaped head. Formerly, when ʻahuʻawa was not available, the fibers of this sedge were used for straining kava.

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