Cordia corymbosa (Desv.) G.Don
Cordia monosperma (Jacq.) Roem. & Schult.
Cordia polycephala (Lam.) I.M.Johnst.
Varronia corymbosa Desv.
Varronia monosperma Jacq.
Varronia polycephala is a slender shrub growing 1 - 5 metres tall. The plant sometimes adopts a more climbing habit[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and tooth cleaner.
Varronia polycephala is widespread and well represented within protected areas. No major threats are known to be present. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2014)[
The macerated leaves are used as a fish poison[
S. America - Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean.
Marsh forests along creeks and rivers near the coast, also in primary and secondary rainforests on bauxite soils[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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The red fruit is about 5mm in diameter[
Although we have seen no specific information for this species, the fruits of most Cordia (Varronia) species are comprised of a thin to fairly thick layer of pulpy, sweetish-tasting flesh surrounding a single seed and are more or less edible[
], (though some are known to cause gastric disturbances).
The fruits are slightly laxative[
]. (As Cordia monosperma)
The leaves are analgesic and antiinflammatory. They are applied topically as a poultice[
]. (As Cordia corymbosa)
The wood, or the stems, are used for scrubbing the teeth[
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