Davilla aspera (Aubl.) Benoist
Davilla asperrima Splitg.
Davilla densa J.F. Macbr.
Davilla lucida C.Presl
Davilla ovata C.Presl
Davilla pseudo-rugosa Glaz.
Davilla surinamensis Miq.
Davilla tenuis Eichler
Tetracera calophylla Gilg
Tigarea aspera Aubl.
Davilla kunthii is a small or large, woody vine or small tree[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials for tying, cleaning pans etc.
S. America - Brazil and Bolivia, north to the Caribbean and through Central America to Mexico.
Moist or wet forest, often in hilly pine forest, at elevations of 350 - 450 metres or lower[
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The plant is antiseptic and tonic. An infusion is used as a treatment for back pain[
The leaves and stems are boiled with water and used as a beverage, for treating impotence or as a treatment for back pain[
The wood and the leaves are boiled, and the water drunk as an analgesic for back pain[
The sap is used as abortive[
The wood is used as an aphrodisiac[
The bark is used to disinfect the umbilical cord of newborn babies[
The tough, flexible stems are used for tying the framework of native huts[
The heavy, very rough leaves contain much silica and are often used like sandpaper, and also for cleaning pots and dishes[
A black dye is obtained from the bark[
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