Vataireopsis speciosa is a deciduous tree growing up to 40 metres tall. The bole is low-fluted[
The tree is harvested from the wild and used locally as a source of timber and medicine.
A latex in the plant is very poisonous[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Upland rainforest in Guyana[
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A tree of the moist, lowland tropics, where it can be found at elevations up to 400 metres.
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
A powder obtained from the bark, known as 'Araroba powder', is used medicinally[
A decoction of the root- wood is used to treat certain skin diseases such as leishmaniasis and eczema[
A decoction of the stem bark is used as a wash to treat fevers[
The inner bark is rasped and rubbed onto skin rashes and sores[
A decoction of the leaves is used externally to treat fever[
The wood is used locally for carpentry and general construction[
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