The Maori names Houi, Whauwhi and Houhere, or the settlers terms lacebark, and ribbon-wood, cover several species of flowering plants belonging to the order Malvales. These species, which are all indigenous to New Zealand, fall into the genera Hoheria, and Plagianthus, Laing and Blackwell (1927) list the following eight speoiess: Hoheria populnea. Hoheria glabrata. do sexstylosa. do Allanii. do angustifolia. Plagianthus divaricatus. do Lyallii. do betulinus. H.Populnea is found chiefly in the Auckland and North Auckland districts, as a member of the subtropical rain forest, but Laing has recently recorded its occurrence in Karamea. H.sexstylosa occurs throughout both islands as a member of the lowland bush communities. H.angustifolia is typically a South Island plant found in large numbers on Banks penninsula, but is also found in the south of the North Island. H.Lyallii is a deciduous shrub growing in the mountainous districts of the South Island. H. glabrata belongs to the subalpine flora, growing usually in situations where it can obtain abundant light, e.g. recent landslips. Cockayne (1928). H.Allanii is a small leaved shrub recorded from the Rakaia gorge, Canterbury. [From Introduction]
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