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Wed May 28 12:54:11 EST 2003
Last 50 edits includes daka. Do we have "diwai daka" as part of that
entry. If not:
diwai daka - Piper aduncum, Piper is a shrub indigenous to tropical America
that was introduced into Papua New Guinea in the 1930s. It was first
observed botanically at Finschhafen. Piper has invaded aggressively in the
lowlands of Morobe, Madang, East Sepik and parts of Central Provinces where
it forms locally monospecific stands. Opinions vary over its usefulness.
Its invasion of secondary forests can be degenerative, but villagers favour
piper over grasses on short fallows because it can be easily cut, can be
used as firewood and it is said to improve soil fertility and drainage.
Dr Bryant Allen
Department of Human Geography
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
The Australian National University ACT 0200
Tel: +61-2-61252234; Fax: +61-2-61254896
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