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Catalogue of plants (continued)
E oomarra, Convolvulus-chrysorizus,
Planted and cultivated by the natives, on account of its root, which is the sweet potatoe of the South-sea Islands.
Of this plant they make a sort of seine, which they use in such ground, where they cannot use another.
E malreeo. Galaxa-oppositi-folia. The leaf of this plant is one of the ingredients in their manoe.
E deva, or E reva. Galaxa-sparsa.
This plant has a pretty large white flower like that of an oleander. Of the wood of this tree they make their pahaoos, or drums.
E booa, or E pooa. Solatium-latifolium.
The leaves of this plant they use in making their red dye or mattee.
The leaves of this plant, baked, are eaten as greens.
E nono. Morinda-citri-folia,
The root of this tree they use to dye their garments yellow, and eat the fruit of it.
E tee. Draccana-terminalis.
Of this plant there are five different sorts, yielding a large root, which is eaten, and counted very good food, by the islanders of the South-seas.
This plant is remarkable for nothing except its name, which signifies the Oopa, or pigeons dung ; that bird feeds on the berries, and voids the stones on the trunk of trees, where it grows.
E peea. Chaitea-tacca.
The root of this plant, properly prepared, makes an excellent strong jelly, like to blanc-mange, of the nature of salop, for which it is very justly admired by these islanders.
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