The kiekie (Freycinetia baueriana ssp banksii) is a climbing shrub native to New Zealand. It grows in thickets or climbs tree trunks, attaching itself by its roots. Leaves are crowded in bunches at the ends of the stems. Flowers have sweet-tasting edible bracts called tawhara; female flowers are in cylindrical spikes consisting of yellowish edible berries known as ureure. Maori use fibres from the kiekie to make cloaks, mats, baskets, and tukutuku (woven wall panels).

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