Rata - Metrosideros robusta

Common Name

Northern Rata

Family

Myrtaceae

Description

Stout tree often starting life as an epiphyte, basal trunk is hollow and composed of interlocking roots.

A native endemic, non-threatened, however absent from whole regions such as the Hawkes bay.

Distribution

North Island from Te Paki south to Wellington, now scarce over large parts of this range.

Related Pharmacology

The Myrtaceae family includes the Manuka - Leptospermum scoparium.

Maori Medicinal Use

Traditionally Rata was used as an antiseptic for wounds, sores and abscesses.

Constituents

Tannin, a pinine (antiseptic)

Actions

Analgesic, antiseptic and astringent.

Parts Used

Leaves and bark

Dosage

5mil three times a day as a tonic.

Steep the bark in hot water (no boiling) and apply externally.

Main Uses
Internal

Haemorrhages, diarrhoea, constipation, sore throats, colds and toothache.

External

Broken bones and stops bleeding. Ringworm, rheumatism, wounds and sores.

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