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Houp tree, a symbolic and sacred tree
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Endemic to New Caledonia, the houp tree (Montrouziera cauliflora) is a rot-proof yellow tree with a very slow growth. Considered the founding element of the clans, it has a symbolic and sacred value for the Kanak who use it to make the sculpted parts carrying their traditional huts such as the roof ridges, poles, doorframes and lintels.
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