Caopia cayennensis (Jacq.) Kuntze
Hypericum cayennensis Jacq.
Hypericum eugeniaefolium Willd. ex Spreng.
Vismia floribunda Sprague
Vismia cayennensis is a shrub or small tree with a spreading crown; it can grow up to 12 metres tall[
The tree is mainly harvested from the wild for local medicinal use[
], though there are reports that it is sometimes also cultivated[
S, America - Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam; Caribbean - Trinidad.
Found mainly in secondary and riverine forests, it is also found in savannah areas growing by creeks[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of the moist tropics, most commonly found at lower elevations but also growing at elevations of 2,000 metres or more.
The juice from the macerated bark is applied around the groin region as an antiherpetic[
An orange latex from inner bark is applied onto skin infections[
]. The inner bark, with heavy latex content, is used in a decoction for a body-wash to treat skin rash, scabies and other cutaneous eruptions, dermatitis, and as a mouthwash for children's gum infections[
The latex in the fruit is used for treating yaws and leishmaniasis[
The latex is used in an ointment as an antipruritic, as an anti-fungal agent, or for treating scaling of the skin[
]. Latex is used as an antiinfective agent. Latex is dropped into the eyes to cure infections[
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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