Fagara guianensis Lam.
Fagara pentandra Aubl.
Fagara trinitensis (R.O. Williams) Beard
Zanthoxylum hermaphroditum Willd.
Zanthoxylum trinitense R.O. Williams
Zanthoxylum pentandrum is a tree.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Northern S. America - Brazil, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
A plant of low elevations in the moist tropics.
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
The resin in the plant is astringent and vulnerary[
The bark is febrifuge. It is regarded by some local peoples as being the equivalent of quinine. It is used in a tonic and febrifuge for certain forms of malarial fever when quinine does not produce the desired effect[
The bark is chewed into a fine pulp and then inserted into a tooth cavity to relieve the pain[
A decoction of the trunk-bark is used as a hot bath to soothe venereal chancres, and to remedy eruptions of pimples on the legs of children[
The wall of the capsule is aromatic, piquant[
An infusion of the root in alcohol is believed an efficacious aphrodisiac[
The wood contains lupeol, and the alkaloids berberine and magnoflorine[
The stem-bark contains magnoflorine and choline[
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