Drawing of the flowers, leaves, fruit and seed
Photograph by: Martius, C., Eichler, A.G., Urban, I., Flora Brasiliensis, vol. 13(3): fasicle 124, t. 120 (1900)
Matayba purgans is an evergreen tree with a spreading crown; it can grow from 5 - 8 metres tall. The slender, straight, often fluted bole usually branches from low down, around 60 - 90cm from the ground[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal uses.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela.
Usually found in open areas of secondary growth, in sandy-loam soils amongst shrubs and small trees at elevations up to 450 metres[
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The powdered seeds are used as a purgative[
The wood is pinkish when fresh, turning to a pale, reddish brown upon exposure; there is no sharp demarcation between the sap and heart woods. It is straight-grained or moderately so; uniformly fine- textured ; fairly heavy and tenacious; not difficult to work, takes a smooth finish with a golden lustre, and holds its place well; it is immune to stain and insects and appears to be durable[
]. No uses are mentioned[
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