Renealmia asplundii is a low-growing herbaceous perennial plant with stems up to 75cm tall from a rhizome 3 - 11mm thick[
The plant is one of the major snake bite remedies within its native range, where it is commonly harvested from the wild.
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia.
Primary rainforests, at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
The stem is pounded to a pulp and then mixed with water to make an antidote to snake poisoning. The infusion is drunk once a day to reduce the swelling until the patient is cured. It is employed specifically as a antidote to the bite of the jergón, or fer-de-lance (Bothrops atrox)[
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