Ceanothus reclinata L'Hér.
Colubrina reclinata (L'Hér.) Brongn.
Rhamnus elliptica Sw.
Common Name: Mabi
Mabi is an evergreen shrub or small tree, commonly 4 - 6 metres tall with a slender bole and branches[
], though it is said to be sometimes a tree of 20 meters in height with a bole diameter of up to 1.5 metres[
]. The orange-brown bark is fissured and exfoliates in thin layers[
The bark is gathered from the wild and used to make a popular drink in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands[
]. The drink is often sold in local markets as well as by street sellers[
]. The plant has been recommended for cultivation for its bark, and is grown as an ornamental in Florida[
Northern S. America - Venezuela through Central America to Mexico and Florida and the Caribbean.
Dry or moist thickets at elevations below 1,000 metres[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The bark is used in the preparation of a drink[
]. The bark is steeped in water to make a cooling, fermented drink known as 'mabi champan'[
]. Bitter and stimulating[
]. It is considered to be a good tonic[
The bark is used in folk medicine[
The tree is used in Yucatan in domestic medicine as a remedy for itch[
Its leaves and wood are said to impart a yellow colour to water[
The heartwood is a dark brown; the sapwood a light to yellowish brown. The wood is, heavy, hard, strong, fine-textured, and durable[
]. Little use, apparently, is made of it[
]. It is used for posts[
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