Strychnos cogens is a climbing shrub producing stems that can be more than 30 metres log and up to 10cm in diameter. These stems can reach up into the canopy of the forest, attaching themselves by means of tendrils[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
The bark contains toxic alkaloids and is used in the preparation of 'kumarawa' blowpipe poison, which is distinct from, and inferior to, the curare poison[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana.
Although toxic, the plant is sometimes used in traditional medicine.
A tonic prepared from the bark is used as an aphrodisiac and to treat leucorrhoea; the bark is often used in a mixture with Doliocarpus dentatus and species of Philodendron and Lygodium[
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