Bauhinia scala-simiae is a vigorous climbing shrub with a deeply divided stem. It can grow to the tops of the trees in the forest, attaching itself by means of tendrils[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
S. America - Venezuela, Guyana.
The root is astringent. It is used in the treatment of diarrhoea[
The wood is boiled, and the water drunk as a treatment for diarrhoea or bloody dysentery[
]. It is also used as a treatment for malaria[
A decoction of the stem, or an infusion in wine, is used as a tonic and aphrodisiac[
]. The decoction is also used as a treatment for backache[
]. The plant is often mixed with species of Smilax, Strychnos, Doliocarpus and Philodendron. The macerated stem is soaked overnight in water and then drunk as a treatment for diarrhoea[
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