Petrea candolleana Schauer
Petrea martiana Schauer
Petrea schomburgkiana Schauer
Petrea bracteata is a deciduous, climbing shrub, supporting itself by twining around other plants.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of fuel.
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Riverine and secondary forests formations, roadsides; climbing to just below the canopy in forests[
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The leaves are soaked in water until the liquid is black, and this is then applied to snakebites[
]. Ash from the burned leaves is rubbed on the legs to make them stronger[
A decoction of the bark is used to cure an illness of Surinam Tirio children, which is believed caused by the act of killing an armadillo by the child's father[
The leaves have a texture somewhat like sandpaper. They are used to clean out guns[
The wood is poorly resistant to decay and without any commercial value[
The wood is very hard to cut when dry and seems to be good as firewood, burning fast, without much smoke[
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