Renealmia gracilis Petersen
Renealmia guianensis is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from 50cm to 3 metres tall from rhizomes that can be 5 - 12mm thick[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - northern Brazil, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Venezuelan Antilles.
Rain forests, swamps and swamp forests, at elevations up to 850 metres[
A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of malaria[
The leaves, combined with the leaves of Citrus aurantiifolia and Ocimum micranthum to make a concentrated decoction is occasionally used as an oral abortifacient[
A decoction of the stems and leaves is used in a bath or wash to alleviate fatigue, as a febrifuge, and as a disinfectant for itches, sores, and the ulcers of leishmaniasis[
The inflorescence, combined with the inflorescence of Lantana camara, is used in a tea-like decoction to counteract flatulence[
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