Vismia sandwithii is a shrub or small tree with a spreading crown
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
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A plant of the moist tropical lowlands.
The inner bark is antifungal[
]. It is boiled, and the water drunk as an antidiarrhoeal[
Used externally, the powdered inner bark is inserted into the vagina as a treatment for genital herpes or for syphilis[
]. The macerated inner bark is used for treating yeast infections and fungal infections[
The inner bark and latex are used together as an anti-fungal[
The orange latex from inner bark is antifungal. It is applied externally to treat a wide range of conditions that affect the skin including measles, ulcers, bush yaws, ringworm, athlete's foot, genital herpes, eczema, itching etc[
The latex obtained from the fruit is used in treating yaws and leishmaniasis[
The leaves are used in the treatment of diarrhoea[
The fruit of Vismia spp. contains anthracene derivatives such as vismin, ferruginins A and B, haruganin and ferruanthrone. Species from Amazonian also contain vismiaquinone[
Although we have seen no specific information for this species, plants in this genus usually have a reddish to dark brown heartwood with a pinkish brown sapwood that often has a greyish cast, The wood is medium to fairly coarse textured; moderately light to medium in weight; inclined to be fibrous; brittle; easy to work; takes a fairly lustrous or lustrous finish; and is moderately durable[
]. Because of its generally small size and low quality, it is only used locally - sometimes as a timber but more commonly for fuel[
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