A tall red-flowered tree native to New Zealand, which yields decorative timber used for cabinetmaking.
Knightia excelsa, family Proteaceae‘When Frederic and Octavius Carrington, the surveyors for the New Plymouth Company, began the survey of New Plymouth in 1841, Pukaka Pa was covered with a beautiful growth of karaka, rewarewa, rangiora, kohekoke and similar native trees.’
- ‘There were rewarewa, kamahi and rata flowering, tinting the bush a deep rusty-red.’
- ‘This consisted of 2 tbsp rewarewa honey, 1 tbsp of black peppercorns crushed coarsely, half a tsp of salt, 2 tbsp red wine or port and the grated rind of a lemon or lime.’
Early 19th century from Maori, from rewa ‘to float’.
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