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Useful Tropical Plants

Campsiandra comosa

Benth.

Fabaceae

+ Synonyms

Campsiandra surinamensis Kleinhoonte

Common Name: Huacapurana

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General Information

Campsiandra comosa is a medium sized tree growing up to 15 metres tall[
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Raintree Nutrition - Tropical Plant Database
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Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
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412
Title
Illustrated Guide to the Trees of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Pennington, T.D.; Reynel, C. & Daza, A.
Publisher
David Hunt; Sherbourne, England.
Year
2004
ISBN
0 9538134 3 6
Description
A very terse guide to the trees of Peru, managing to give basic guides to a large number of genera, with more detail on a few species in each genus.
].
The plant is commonly harvested from the wild by local people for medicinal use and as a food[
318
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Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
]. There have been claims that the plant is an effective treatment for Lyme Disease, though there is no known research supporting this as of 2006[
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Raintree Nutrition - Tropical Plant Database
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http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
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Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil, Peru.

Habitat

Alongside rivers and streams in the Amazonian rainforest[
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Title
Raintree Nutrition - Tropical Plant Database
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Website
http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
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Description
Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
].

Properties

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HabitTree
Height12.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The seed has a circular, spongy wing encircling it that enables it to float on the surface of the water[
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Title
Novon Vol 6
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Author
Various
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis.
Year
1996
ISBN
 
Description
A journal of Botanical Nomenclature. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

The seeds are commonly removed from the pod, dried, and then ground into a flour or meal[
318
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http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
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0
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Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
]. This flour is commonly referred to as 'chiga-flour'[
318
Title
Raintree Nutrition - Tropical Plant Database
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Author
 
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http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
]. The dried seed is ground into a flour, known as 'chigo flour' and used to make a range of foods[
473
Title
Novon Vol 6
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis.
Year
1996
ISBN
 
Description
A journal of Botanical Nomenclature. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The mature seeds are taken out of their seedpods and then buried for some time in damp soil. After a certain degree of fermentation has set in, they are dug up, washed and then pounded into a flour. The flour (which is rich in starch) is used for making bread and other foods[
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Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, 1889
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Author
 
Publisher
Royal Gardens; Kew; London
Year
1889
ISBN
 
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Medicinal

The Peruvian common name, huacapurana, can apply to three different closely related species of Amazonian trees that are used interchangeably by local inhabitants: Campsiandra angustifolia, Campsiandra comosa, and Campsiandra laurifolia[
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Website
http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
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Description
Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
]. (Campsiandra laurifolia is often viewed as a sub-species of Campsiandra comosa, as Campsiandra comosa laurifolia (Benth.)R.S.Cowan[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. When used in Peruvian herbal medicine, the 'authentic huacapurana' is considered to be Campsiandra angustifolia[
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Title
Raintree Nutrition - Tropical Plant Database
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Author
 
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http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
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Year
0
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Description
Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
].
No medical research has been published on this plant, but the bark is believed to contain anthocyanins, cyanogenic glucosides, heterosides, saponins, and tannins[
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Title
Raintree Nutrition - Tropical Plant Database
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Author
 
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http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
Publisher
 
Year
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Description
Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
].

Huacapurana is a common remedy for malarial fever in the Peruvian Amazon. In the Iquitos region, local herbalists and curanderos recommend a decoction or a tincture of the bark to be taken twice daily in order to reduce the fever related to malaria[
318
Title
Raintree Nutrition - Tropical Plant Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
,
739
Title
Medicinal Plants of Brazil
Publication
 
Author
Mors W.B.; Rizzini C.T.; Pereira N.A.
Publisher
Reference Publications; Michigan.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-917256-42-5
Description
An extremely concise book, listing approximately 1,500 species and varieties of plants with their botanical name, common name in Brazil, regions in Brazil where the plant is found, a brief list of uses and any medically active compounds in the plant.
].
The bark is also recommended for treating other feverish conditions; arthritis and rheumatism; diarrhoea, and as a tonic[
318
Title
Raintree Nutrition - Tropical Plant Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
].
Externally, the pulverized bark is used to treat wounds and to clean sores and ulcers[
318
Title
Raintree Nutrition - Tropical Plant Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
,
739
Title
Medicinal Plants of Brazil
Publication
 
Author
Mors W.B.; Rizzini C.T.; Pereira N.A.
Publisher
Reference Publications; Michigan.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-917256-42-5
Description
An extremely concise book, listing approximately 1,500 species and varieties of plants with their botanical name, common name in Brazil, regions in Brazil where the plant is found, a brief list of uses and any medically active compounds in the plant.
].

The bark is being widely touted as a treatment for Lyme's Disease as well as a host of other microbial issues and diseases. None of these claims can be substantiated by independent third-party documentation or published research, nor even by traditional use[
318
Title
Raintree Nutrition - Tropical Plant Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.rain-tree.com/plants.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the medicinal uses of more than two hundred rainforest plants, mainly from S. America, with basic descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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