Common Names: Horopito, New Zealand pepper tree, pepperwood, red horopito; ramarama; Maori painkiller
Horopito is a New Zealand endemic genus of evergreen shrubs and small trees comprising four species: Pseudowintera axillaris, P.
2) Horopito leaves have a sharp and distinctive strong peppery taste, hence the common name New Zealand pepper tree.
A main biologically active constituent of Horopito characterised to date, is the bicyclic sesquiterpene dialdehyde, polygodial, found in P colorata.
The indigenous Maori population and early European settlers to New Zealand used Horopito both internally and topically for a range of medicinal purposes.
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, (Pseudowintera colorata), an antifungal and antiyeast herb that is unique to New Zealand.