Story: Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki – plants from Polynesia

Microfossils

Microfossils

Evidence of early Māori gardening remains as microfossils in the soil. These include pollen, starch grains and phytoliths (minute silica deposits present in plant stems). This composite image shows the micro footprints of aute (top), hue (centre) and kūmara (bottom).

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Louise Furey, 'Ngā tupu mai i Hawaiki – plants from Polynesia - From Polynesia to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17496/microfossils (accessed 6 May 2021)

Story by Louise Furey, published 24 Nov 2008