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Useful Tropical Plants

Clusia palmicida

Rich. ex Planch. & Triana

Clusiaceae

+ Synonyms

Clusia hoffmannseggiana Schltdl.

Common Name:

Clusia palmicida
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Clusia palmicida Clusia palmicida

General Information

Clusia palmicida is a shrub or small tree growing up to 7 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as an incense and source of medicines.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Western and Northern S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and the Guyanas.

Habitat

Found at elevations from sea level to 500 metres in Ecuador.

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



This species is unique in that it belongs to the only genus of plants capable of absorbing carbon dioxide during the night[
540
Title
Jardineiro.Net
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.jardineiro.net/br/index.php
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A Brazilian gardening site, giving cultivation details for a large number of species.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

An exudate of the plant is used for the treatment of botfly larvae[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

The aerial roots are used in the treatment of impotence and for back pain[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

The bark is boiled with water and drunk as an antidysenteric[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

An incense obtained from the plant is used in churches[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2024-07-23. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Clusia+palmicida>

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