Helicostylis asperifolia Ducke
Pseudolmedia scabra J.F.Macbr.
Helicostylis scabra is an evergreen tree.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
The latex is said to be toxic[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela.
Fruit - raw. We have no specific details for this species, but the fruits of all members of this genus are edible[
The latex is antifungal, bitter and vermifuge. Although believed to be toxic, it is taken internally in very small doses to alleviate cases of extreme intestinal parasitism[
]. The latex is said to be bitter and is mixed with warm chicha (a kind of beer)[
The latex is repeatedly painted and dried on infected parts of the skin to treat fungal diseases[
]. The latex is applied to abrasions of the skin in the belief that it prevents infection[
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