Pallavia aculeata (L.) Vell.
Pisonia grandifolia Standl.
Pisonia loranthoides Kunth
Pisonia monotaxadenia C. Wright ex Sauv.
Pisonia sieberi Schlecht.
Pisonia villosa Poir.
Pisonia yagua-pinda D.Parodi
Close-up of the developing seedpod.
Photograph by: LiChieh Pan
Pisonia aculeata is a large, evergreen shrub producing climbing stems that can be 20 metres long and attach themselves to other plants by means of recurved thorns[
]. The stems can be up to 16cm in diameter[
]. Short thorny branches sometimes persist on the lower stem[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Pantropical - in the tropical and subtropical Americas, coasts of Africa, through Asia to New Guinea, Australia and New Caledonia.
Found along coasts, in hedges, rain forests and open forests, sometimes forming impenetrable masses, from sea-level up to 500 metres[
The leaves are used, either fresh or in decoction, to treat skin problems such as scabies and ulcers[
The roots are purgative[
]. They are used to treat coughs[
A decoction of both the bark and the leaves is used both internally and externally to relieve rheumatism and venereal diseases[
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