Story: Seaweed

Sea rimu (3rd of 3)

Sea rimu

When referring to seaweeds, Māori use the word ‘rimu’. It is derived from ‘limu’, a term used throughout the Pacific. Sea rimu (Caulerpa brownii) is a small green seaweed found around New Zealand’s exposed coasts. The name rimu was also given by Māori to a tall native tree because its branches carrying fine scale leaves closely resemble the seaweed.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Seaweed - Types of seaweed', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4589/sea-rimu (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006