Botanical Family: Winteraceae Common Names: Horopito, Peppertree, Ramarama
Distribution: Occurs naturally throughout both the main islands of New Zealand, except in the very north of the North Island. It is found in the lowlands, to the mountain forests and can form thickets after forest destruction.
Parts Used: Leaves, fruits Constituents: Volatile oils including eugenol, polygodial, bicydic sesquiterpenoid dialdehyde (P. colorata only)
Possible Pharmacological Actions: •
Anti-fungal - an agent that inhibits or destroys fungi.
Antiseptic - an agent used to prevent, resist and counteract infection.
Counter-irritant/rubefacient - an agent that increases the circulation to that area of skin, stimulating the dilation of capillaries, causing redness.
Astringent - an agent that contracts tissues, making them firmer and reduces discharges.