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Traditional Okinawa Village and Omoro Arboretum

Psychotria rubra, Miscanthus sinensis

Psychotria rubra, Miscanthus sinensis

General description of Psychotria rubra

Omoro name Psychotria rubra
Japanese name Bochoji, Nagami-bochoji
Family name Rubiaceae
Okinawan name Azaka, Adaka, Garashinuchibinuguyah

Location within the park

Characteristics

Bochoji is a small evergreen tree that grows near forests in non-limestone mountainous regions. It grows on Yakushima Island in the north to the Okinawa Islands and Iriomotejima Island, and also in Taiwan and southern China. Nagami-bochoji is a small evergreen tree that grows in mountainous regions, limestone regions of lowlands or near forests on the coast. It grows on the Tokara Islands in the north to each of the Ryukyu Islands, and in Taiwan and the Philippines. Both flowers are white which bloom between March and July, and their fruits are ripe between November and December.

Utilization

【tree, branch】 : Talisman against evil, Ritual

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General description of Miscanthus sinensis

Omoro name Gane
Japanese name Susuki
Family name Poaceae
Okinawan name Gehn, Gushichi

Location within the park

Characteristics

Susuki is a large perennial herb that grows in mountainous regions and lowlands where there is lots of sunshine. It grows in Sakhalin in the north to various parts of Japan, and in Russia, North Korea, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. The characteristic of the ones grown in Okinawa, compared to those grown on the mainland of Japan, is that they are taller and the part above-ground does not die in the winter.

Utilization

【stem, leaf】 : Material of thatched roof, livestock feed, storage container for grains, carrying basket, pot lid, underwear storage, rope for binding sugar canes, talisman against evil, ritualistic tools
【spike】 : Broom, toys

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Omorosaushi (763 of Volume 13) Asaka, Gane

Meaning of the song
(Omitted)
The famous Sedakako
came to the Yaezamori shrine
and prayed to prevent the enemy troops
from approaching.

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