Plumeria floribunda Müll.Arg.
Plumeria lancifolia Müll.Arg.
Common Name: Agoniada
Agoniada is a semi-evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 8 metres tall[
The plant is a popular herbal remedy in Brazil, where it is gathered from the wild. The herb is also traded in local markets and exported to countries such as America.
The plant is poisonous[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
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This herb should be treated with caution since it is toxic and high doses can cause faintness, unconsciousness and death[
The bark is antiasthmatic, antisyphilitic, emmenagogue and purgative[
]. It has a direct action upon the uterus, decongesting it, assisting in conception and regularising difficult menstruation[
]. It is also useful in cases of hysteria, iron-deficiency anaemia, engorged ganglions and skin diseases[
The plant (bark?) has a high reputation as a febrifuge and can be used like quinine to treat intermittent fevers such as malaria[
The latex is anthelmintic[
The leaves, which contain latex, have identical medicinal properties to the bark. In addition, they are used as a poultice on the breasts of nursing mothers to improve milk flow, and as a poultice on the genitals to restore their function[
The plant contains several medically active compounds including tannic acid; a bitter principle 'plumerina'; and an alkaloid 'agoniadina'[
The tree exudes an abundant latex[
]. It has medicinal properties and can be used to make rubber[
The seeds are used as beads to make necklaces and various other adornments[
]. They are also used to decorate rattles, bells etc used at festivals[
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