Māori Plant Use

   Skip Navigation Links
Copyright © 2020

Plant Use Details 

Neomyrtus pedunculata. Rōhutu.
FAMILY: Myrtaceae Myrtle family
BOTANICAL NAME: Neomyrtus pedunculata
PREVIOUS NAMES: Myrtus pedunculata
MEDICINAL: Another decoction used as a medicine in cases of difficult menstruation is made in a similar manner from the bark and berries of the rōhutu tree (Best 1905)
Ripe berries contain anthocyanins, reported to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. (Cambie, Ferguson 2003)
FOOD: Berries eaten (Colenso 1869a, 1869b; Kirk, in Taylor 1870; Best 1942; Makereti 1938

'...the orange-coloured berries, though small, ... the natives obtained by spreading their larger garments, or floor-mats, on the ground, and shaking the trees, when the fruit fell in showers; the berry is about the size of a red currant, seeds large and very hard.' (Colenso 1881)
CHEMISTRY: The essential oils of Lophomyrtus obcordata and Neomyrtus pedunculata have been examined by Briggs et al 1975. Bark and fruit compounds by Lowry 1968, 1976.