Clusia grandiflora is an evergreen climbing plant that can grow high into the forest canopy or remain a small tree up to 10 metres tall with stilt roots. Similar to many species of figs (Ficus spp.), this plant often begins life as an epiphyte, with the seed germinating in the fork of a tree. Eventually, the plant sends down several aerial roots which, once they reach the soil root into the ground and supply the plant with nutrients. This allows it to grow faster than the host tree, whilst the aerial roots thicken and start to constrict the host tree. Eventually smaller hosts will die and this species remains[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. A handsome plant with large, white rose-tinted flowers, each from 17 - 20cm in diameter and leathery leaves up to 45cm long and 17cm wide. It is rare in cultivation.
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Rain forests, savannah forests and more open savannah[
This species is unique in that it belongs to the only genus of plants capable of absorbing carbon dioxide during the night[
The whole plant:, decocted with species of Smilax, Strychnos, Doliocarpus, Philodendron and Bauhinia scala-simiae, is made into a tonic[
The liquid from the cut liana is used as a wash to relieve aching bones and as a treatment for botfly larvae[
Cut pieces of the aerial roots are soaked in water or wine to make an infusion which is used as tonic for relieving back pain[
The latex from the stem is used effectively in a plaster to treat body aches[
Latex from the bark is antiseptic and vulnerary. It is applied, usually mixed with water, to wounds for healing[
The root is used to treat back pain[
The wood is boiled, and the water used as an antiseptic agent, for treating sores or as a treatment for cuts and wounds[
The leaves are rich in flavonoids[
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