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.
North Island from Te Paki south to Wellington, now scarce over large parts of this range.
The Myrtaceae family includes the Manuka - Leptospermum scoparium.
Traditionally Rata was used as an antiseptic for wounds, sores and abscesses.
Tannin, a – pinine (antiseptic)
Analgesic, antiseptic and astringent.
Leaves and bark
5mil three times a day as a tonic.
Steep the bark in hot water (no boiling) and apply externally.
Haemorrhages, diarrhoea, constipation, sore throats, colds and toothache.
Broken bones and stops bleeding. Ringworm, rheumatism, wounds and sores.