Salmea scandens is an erect, arching or (more commonly), a more or less scandent shrub producing stems 2 - 3 metres long.
The plant is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
The plant is used as a fish poison, said to be so powerful that the fish 'jump out of the water.'[
S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, north to the Caribbean and through C. America to northern Mexico.
Damp or wet thickets or forest, often in pine-oak forest, frequently in second growth, at elevations from sea level to 3,000 metres, but most common at 1,500 - 2,400 metres[
Much used in the decoction of local medicines in Guatemala[
Chewing the root deadens all sensation in the tongue[
]. This is used as a remedy for toothache[
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