Croton callistanthus Croizat
Croton panamensis (Klotzsch) Müll.Arg.
Croton steyermarkianus Croizat
Croton triumfettoides Croizat
Cyclostigma denticulatum Klotzsch
Cyclostigma draco (Schltdl.) Klotzsch
Cyclostigma panamense Klotzsch
Oxydectes draco (Schltdl.) Kuntze
Oxydectes panamensis (Klotzsch) Kuntze
Common Name: Sangre de Drago
Close-up of female (green) and male flowers
Photograph by: O. M. Montiel
Sangre de drago is a large shrub or a tree, rarely reaching a height of 20 metres, with a straight, cylindrical bole that can be up to 50 cm in diameter[
All parts of the plant, if damaged, exude a red liquid that has medicinal properties. The tree is encouraged to grow in the wild so that the red liquid can be harvested for use in traditional medicine[
Northern S. America - Colombia; C. America - Panama to Mexico.
Moist or wet thickets or forest, frequently in second growth, often on very steep sides of barrancos, at elevations of 600 - 1,600 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Semi-cultivated, Wild
The plant is used medicinally[
A red exudate from the plant is used in folk medicine, It is rubbed on the gums to strengthen weak teeth. It is also used to treat gastric ulcers, grains caused by leishmaniasis and in wound healing[
The bitter tasting, blood red sap is used to make a red dye[
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