Cyclanthus bifolius Perr.
Cyclanthus cristatus Klotzsch
Cyclanthus estaba Schaedtler
Cyclanthus plumieri Poit. ex A.Rich.
Discanthus odoratus Spruce
Cyclanthus bipartitus is a stemless perennial planr, often forming dense clumps of bifid leaves 50 - 100cm or more long on long, reed-like petioles also 50 - 100cm or more long. The plant can grow 1 - 3 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and body ornament. It is sometimes cultivated in Ecuador, where it is valued for the pleasing fragrance of the flowers[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad to the Windward Isl
Forests, especially along the sides of streams[
]. Wet forests, at elevations up to 1,400 metres in Costa Rica[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The flowers have a pleasing fragrance, described as being between those of cinnamon and vanilla[
The plant (part not specified) is used in the treatment of snake bites and cataracts[
The fragrant, showy bracts of the inflorescence have a pleasing fragrance, described as being between those of cinnamon and vanilla. They are used as a perfume and body ornament, being trimmed with fringes and then secured under wristbands[
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