Banara fagifolia Vahl
Banara mollis (Poepp.) Tul.
Banara pubescens Spruce ex Benth.
Banara pyramidata Rusby
Banara tulasnei J.F.Macbr.
Kuhlia mollis Poepp.
Laetia glandulosa Poepp. ex Tul.
Trilix glandulosa Dombey ex Griseb.
Trilix macrobotrys Ruiz & Pav.
Xyladenius glandulosus Desv. ex Ham.
Banara guianensis is an evergreen shrub or small tree with an open crown; it can grow up to 12 metres tall. The bole is round and slender[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Honduras; Caribbean - Trinidad.
Forest margins, secondary forests and ridges, most commonly along or close to rivers[
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A decoction of the bark is used as a wash for treating malaria[
A decoction of the crushed leaves is used as a wash for fevers[
]. Five leaves are decocted in 333 millilitres of water to make a morning drink that is said to soothe the liver[
The heartwood is pale gray; it is not sharply defined from the uniform, pale brown or yellowish white sapwood. It is straight-grained; uniformly fine- textured; with no distinctive odour or taste. The wood is moderately heavy, firm, and brittle; cuts easily and is capable of taking a smooth finish. It is used to make sugar boxes[
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