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ramarama (uncountable)

  1. (New Zealand) A species of evergreen myrtle tree, Lophomyrtus bullata.
    • 1889, Thomas Kirk, “Myrtus bullata, Banks and Solander”, in The Forest Flora of New Zealand, page 267:
      The ramarama is the largest and most attractive of the New Zealand myrtles: it varies from a dwarf shrub to a small tree 30ft. in height, but is easily distinguished from all other indigenous plants by its reddish-brown leaves, the spaces between the veins of which are tumid or inflated, presenting a singular appearance, as if blistered.
    • 1987, John Brack Mortimer, Trees for the New Zealand Countryside: A Planter's Guide, page 241:
      L. bullata (ramarama) is a beautiful shrub or small tree growing to about 5m.
    • 1994, James Herries beattie, Traditional Lifeways of the Southern Maori:
      He mentioned a ramarama tree - this, he explained, was not the ramarama, or pepper-tree, of Murihiku, but was a tree like the rohutu, bearing black berries like the konini (fuchsia).
    • 2018 April 14, Elton Rikihana Smallman, “Property owner copes with myrtle rust on his own”, in Stuff NZ[1]:
      When John-Paul Oliver reported his myrtle rust-infected ramarama tree to authorities, they sent him plastics bags and a wool fadge and told him to remove it himself.

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