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Neomyrtus pedunculata. Rōhutu.

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Myrtus pedunculata

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Berries eaten (Colenso 1868a, 1868b; 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 1880)

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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)

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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.

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28 May 2007
5 July 2020
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