Caopia baccifera (L.) Kuntze
Hypericum bacciferum L.
Vismia dealbata Kunth
Vismia guttifera Pers.
Vismia mexicana Schltdl.
Vismia panamensis Duchass. & Walp.
Vismia baccifera is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 14 metres tall, but is often much lower[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico
Moist or wet forest, usually in open pine forest, sometimes in thickets, pastures, or second growth, at elevations from 900 - 1,450 metres[
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A yellow-brown resin is obtained from the bark[
]. It is used as a mouth wash to relieve toothache[
The leaves are bound around the temple to relieve headaches[
Although we have seen no specific information for this species, plants in this genus usually have a reddish to dark brown heartwood with a pinkish brown sapwood that often has a greyish cast, The wood is medium to fairly coarse textured; moderately light to medium in weight; inclined to be fibrous; brittle; easy to work; takes a fairly lustrous or lustrous finish; and is moderately durable[
]. Because of its generally small size and low quality, it is only used locally - sometimes as a timber but more commonly for fuel[
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