Guatteria scandens is an evergreen climbing shrub with stems that can be up to 20 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
S. America - northern Brazil, Guyana, Surniam.
Rain and marsh forests, especially along the sides of creeks[
]. In non-inundated forest, on brown
sand, also in swamp forest; at elevations up to 350 metres, occasionally to 475 metres[
Fruit - raw[
]. The thin layer of flesh is sweet and mucilaginous[
]. Eating the fruit is said to clean the tongue[
]. The fruits are produced in bunches of 25 - 40. Maturing dark red to purple-black or black, each ellipsoid fruit is around 13 - 17m long and 7 - 9mm wide, with some fruits up to 24mm and 13mm wide. The single seed can be 11 - 16mm by 6 - 7mm[
The bark is the source of a tonic, aromatic infusion[
]. The bark is febrifuge[
The leaves and the bark contain 17 alkaloids, including guattescine and guattescidine[
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