The root of a shrub, Krameria triandria or Krameria grayi, native to Peru. Hot-water extracts from ratany root were used for tanning leather. Ratany contains up to 40% tannins. It produces a dark brown color leather.
Synonyms and Related Terms
payta; ratany (Krameria triandria); white ratany (Krameria grayi)
Small dense shrub growing to 1 m. Bark=gray, split with shallow fissures. Leave=narrow ovate (1 cm long) with velvety gray on top. Fruit=single fuzzy skinned pod covered with spikes
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 653
- Website address 1 Comment: Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (accessed Oct. 8, 2005)