Cephaelis barcellana Müll.Arg.
Cephaelis tomentosa (Aubl.) Vahl
Common Name: Sore Mouth Bush
The common name for this plant is 'Hot Lips' - the photo says it all.
Photograph by: Andreas Kay
Sore mouth bush is an evergreen shrub or subshrub usually growing 0.7 - 3 metres tall, but occasionally to 6 metres[
]. It has a very distinctive flower that has earned it the common name of 'hot lips'.
The plant is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use. Its distinctive flower has earned it a place in the ornamental garden.
S. America - Argentina, Brazil, north to the Guyanas, through Central America to Mexico.
Wet, very wet and cloud forests, usually on forest edges and along the sides of trails, at low to medium elevations[
]. Usually found on poor soils in open forest.
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A decoction of the crushed, boiled plant is used as a wash for treating headaches, sprains, contusions, rheumatism and muscular pains[
The rasped stem bark is rubbed on a certain type of skin rash, known locally as 'poispoisi' by the Wayana of Surinam[
The sap from the red flower bracts is used as ear drops to treat ear ache[
The flowers are used to treat colds and coughs. They are included in an antitussive decoction to treat whooping cough[
The leaves are used to treat coughs and colds[
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