Abuta selloana is a climbing shrub.
The plant is often gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
The plant is poisonous and is an ingredient of the famous S. American toxin 'curare'[
S. America - Brazil.
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The large root is acrid and bitter[
]. It has a high reputation as a digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, stomachic and tonic[
]. It is used in the treatment of liver complaints; bladder complaints; digestive complaints such as flatulence and colic; oedema and snake bites[
The plant is used as a substitute for Chondrodendron platyphyllum, and is often mixed with that species.
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