English Name: Paper mulberry
Scientific Name: Broussonetia papyrifera, Miscanthus floridulus
Indigenous Name: Kāka’o (Cook Islands); masi, malo (Fiji); wauke (Hawaii); aute (New Zealand); hiapo (Niue); u’a, siapo (Samoa); hiapo, tutu (Tonga) ‘aute, ute (Tahiti, French Polynesia)
Tapa strips are bound together using the arrowroot plant, glue and recently in some communities flour and kerosene. This modern method has tended to attract insects and infestation. You may need an import permit issued by the destination country and a phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Protection Organization.
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