Strychnos diaboli is a climbing shrub that can produce stems up to 40 metres long and 10cm in diameter. It is capable of climbing into the canopy of the forest, attaching itself to other plants by means of tendrils[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
The outer bark is a principle ingredient in arrow poisons[
This species may possibly be used by the Tikuna of northwestern Amazonia as an ingredient of their curare. It is the principal ingredient of Mayongong curare in Brazil[
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam.
Upland rainforests, especially on slopes[
Although toxic, the plant is sometimes used in traditional medicine.
The bark is used as an aphrodisiac when mixed with Doliocarpus dentatus and species of Philodendron and Lygodium[
]. The bark and stem are boiled for the liquid used as an aphrodisiac[
]. A tonic made from the bark is used for treating leucorrhoea and loss of libido[
The plant contains diaboline, a weak alkaloid having a mixture of the action of strychnine and curarine, but without a curare-like action. Weakly curarizing alkaloids in Strychnos diaboli include diaboline and desacetyldiaboline from Guyana plants; and desacetyldiaboline and macrophylline A from Manaus (Brazil) plants[
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