Caopia sessilifolia (Aubl.) Kuntze
Hypericum rufescens Klotzsch ex Reichardt in Martius
Hypericum rufescens Lam.
Hypericum sessilifolium Aubl.
Vismia cayennensis sessilifolia (Aubl.) M.E. Berg
Vismia ramuliflora Miq.
Vismia rufescens (Lam.) Pers.
Vismia sessilifolia is a shrub or small tree with a spreading crown.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana.
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A plant of low elevations in the moist tropics.
A latex obtained from the plant is antifungal, purgative[
]. It is used internally as a purge to cleanse the system[
Applied externally, the latex is used to treat a range of skin conditions including ulcers and eruptions such as dartre[
A latex obtained from the fruit is used for treating yaws and leishmaniasis[
An infusion of the leaves is used in the treatment of intermittent fevers[
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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