Goniothalamus oxycarpus (Miq.) Miq.
Guatteria oxycarpa Miq.
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: kadai
Goniothalamus giganteus is a tree that can grow from 10 - 23 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, source of fibre and insect repellent.
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
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A decoction of the roots is used externally as a treatment for colds, and likewise a steam bath is used in the treatment of fevers[
A decoction of the leaves is drunk after childbirth[
The heated leaves may be poulticed on swellings[
An infusion of the roots is used to treat typhoid fevers[
]. Patients prone to fits are subjected to the smoke[
The smoke produced by burning the root can also be used to repel mosquitos, snakes and other wild animals[
The bark is used for rough cordage[
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