Caopia latifolia (Aubl.) Kuntze
Hypericum latifolium Aubl.
Vismia latifolia is a tree with a spreading crown; it can grow up to 18 metres tall.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - Bolivia, Brazil, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana.
Found especially in secondary forest and on the edge of rainforests[
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A plant of the moist, mainly lowland tropics, where it can be found at elevations up to 850 metres.
An exudate (this probably refers to the latex[
]) is used in the treatment of skin ailments and to relieve itching[
]. It is also taken internally as a purgative[
The inner bark, which produces an orange latex, is applied onto skin infections[
A latex obtained from the fruit is used for treating yaws and leishmaniasis[
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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