Traditional Māori knowledge was often recorded in whakapapa (genealogical charts). This whakapapa shows the origins of plants and trees. Ranginui (sky) and Papatūānuku (earth) were the parents of Tāne, the god of the forests. With his various wives, Tāne gave rise to the trees and plants shown.
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Reference: Elsdon Best, Maori religion and mythology. Vol. 2. Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1976, pp. 271-272
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