At least one treatment, 'Guía de Árboles de Bolivia' published in 1993, includes this species as part of Hedyosmum racemosum[
Hedyosmum bonplandianum Kunth, is treated here as a synonym as per Zuloaga, F. O., O. Morrone, M. J. Belgrano, C. Marticorena & E. Marchesi. (eds.) 2008. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares del Cono Sur. Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 107(1-3): i-xcvi, 1-3348. However, it is treated as distinct in many other works[
Hedyosmum acutifolium Cordemoy
Hedyosmum bonplandianum Kunth
Hedyosmum bonplandianum Mart.
Hedyosmum grandifolium Occhioni
Hedyosmum weddellianum Cordemoy
Tafallaea brasiliensis Kuntze
Tafallaea weddelliana Kuntze
Common Name: Cha De Soldado
Cha de Soldado is a deciduous shrub or small tree with an irregular crown; it can grow 3 - 6 metres tall. The crooked bole is 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The plant is gathered from the wild and used locally as a tea and medicinal plant. It is often cultivated as a medicinal herb and tea plant in central Brazil, though only on a small scale[
S. America - Bolivia, southern, eastern, central and northern Brazil.
Found most commonly on poorly drained soils in the humid Atlantic rainforest[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Succeeds in full sun to moderate shade[
]. Tolerant of poorly drained soils[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
The leaves, resembling peppermint in their flavour, are used as a tea[
A tonic wine is made with the leaves[
The plant (part not specified) is analeptic, aromatic and febrifuge[
]. It is recommended in the treatment of migraine and also to deal with afflictions of the ovaries[
]. It is also used to treat athlete's foot[
The leaves are aphrodisiac, diuretic, stomachic, sudorific and tonic[
The wood is light in weight, with poor resistance to insect attack[
]. Of poor quality and small dimensions, it is only used for items such as light boxes[
The seed is tiny. It can be separated from the fruits, or the partially decomposed fruit can be sown. It is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of more than 50% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within 35 - 45 days[
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