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Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is found in coastal and lowland forests throughout the North Island and the northern part of the South Island. It is a small tree, growing to 6 meters tall, with dense branches. Kawakawa has heart shaped leaves and belongs to the Piperaceae family which is the true pepper family. Kawakawa was often used by Māori, the leaves were placed over cuts to speed up healing, and tea was made from an infusion of its leaves.