Renealmia occidentalis longipes Petersen
Renealmia pedicellaris Gleason
Renealmia floribunda is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from 1 - 3 metres tall from a rhizome that can be 5 - 15mm wide[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
S. America - northern Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Trinidad.
Rain forests, swamp forests, forested savannah margins, at elevations up to 400 metres[
The whole plant is boiled and the liquid used as a wash to treat fevers[
A decoction of the leaves is used to treat coughs[
]. The liquid squeezed out of boiled leaves is inhaled to treat colds[
A decoction of the root is used as an emetic to bring up phlegm from the throat, and to alleviate consumption. The root is boiled with water and drunk as a cure for malarial infection[
The fruits are antifungal and antipruritic[
]. They are crushed and applied externally to cure ringworm and 'lata'; they are rubbed on the skin to get rid of white spots[
]. They are crushed then mixed with water and used to treat dermatosis[
]. The juice of the crushed fruits is used to treat genital herpes or to treat sores[
The major constituent of the essential oil in the plant is beta-pinene[
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