A tree up to 30 metres high and 2 metres wide. An endemic NZ vascular plant found throughout both islands and not endangered.
Closely related to Podocarpus Nubigenus from South American.
Leaves used to treat haemorrhoids, berries for food and constipation, inner bark for fever and smoke from a totara fire was used to treat venereal disease and all skin conditions.
Diterpene phenols, podocarpic acid and tannins.
Antibacterial, astringent, febrifuge, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, oestrogenic.
Bark, inner bark, leaves, berries and heartwood.
Bark bruised and steeped in water contains tannin.
Ripe berries have a medicinal use. (Anti-oxidant).
Heartwood ground to a powder and used in a tincture. (Totarol)
Fresh leaves and bark boiled for infusion and 1 cup added to warm bath for skin problems, bark soaked in cold water for treating sore eyes. Heartwood totarol extract blended into cream base to apply topically. Internally, 15 drops of infusion 3 times daily.
Bacterial infections, fevers and laxative. (Constipation)
Wounds, S.T.D's, haemorrhoids, burns, and boils, acne, eczema, all skin problems and infections as is a strong antimicrobial.