Alpinia humilis Vell.
Renealmia arundinaria Woodson
Renealmia humilis Petersen
Renealmia monosperma is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from 20 - 50cm tall from rhizomes that are 2 - 4mm thick[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama.
Rain forests at elevations up to 600 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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