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Useful Tropical Plants

Matayba purgans

(Poepp.) Radlk.

Sapindaceae

+ Synonyms

Cupania purgans Poepp.

Common Name:

Matayba purgans
Seeds
Photograph by: C. E. Timothy Paine
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Matayba purgans Matayba purgans

General Information

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[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal uses.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela.

Habitat

Usually found in open areas of secondary growth, in sandy-loam soils amongst shrubs and small trees at elevations up to 450 metres[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The powdered seeds are used as a purgative[
739
Title
Medicinal Plants of Brazil
Publication
 
Author
Mors W.B.; Rizzini C.T.; Pereira N.A.
Publisher
Reference Publications; Michigan.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-917256-42-5
Description
An extremely concise book, listing approximately 1,500 species and varieties of plants with their botanical name, common name in Brazil, regions in Brazil where the plant is found, a brief list of uses and any medically active compounds in the plant.
].

Other Uses

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[
453
Title
Woods of Northeastern Peru
Publication
 
Author
Williams L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Field Museum Press; Chicago.
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
Gives information on the properties of the wood of well over 1,000 species of woody plants from northeastern Peru. Can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. No uses are mentioned[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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