Drepanocarpus lunatus (L.f.) G.F.Mey
Pterocarpus lunatus L.f.
Machaerium lunatum varies in habit from an evergreen shrub to small tree growing up to 5 metres tall, to a climbing shrub producing cylindrical stems up to 15 metres long and 12cm in diameter that climb into the surrounding vegetation[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua; Caribbean; West tropical Africa - Senegal to Angola
In the coastal swamps that border on the mangroves in Puerto Rico[
]. Swampy places, along salt marshes and tidal river estuaries, often in association with the mangrove community in west Africa[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The stem is cut and the liquid used as a wash for sick children[
The leaves are styptic. They are used in a compress to stop bleeding[
The unripe fruits are used in the treatment of abdominal troubles[
The root is astringent. It is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, dropsy, swellings, oedema, gout, leprosy, stomach troubles, venereal diseases[
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