There is some disagreement over the correct name for this species. We have followed the treatment in 'Flora do Brasil' (http://floradobrasil.jbrj.gov.br/2010/), but some other authorities use the name Vismia glaziovii[
Vismia amazonica Ewan
Vismia glaziovii Ruhland
Resprouting from the base after a forest clearing
Photograph by: Rob Westerduijn
Vismia gracilis is a shrub or small tree with a spreading crown.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana.
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A plant of the moist tropics, mainly found in lowland areas but extending to elevations of 1,000 metres or more.
An orange-red latex (or sap) obtained from the bark is applied onto the skin as an anti-fungal; is used as a treatment for ringworm; and is also used for treating eczema[
The bark and sap are applied to persistent sores to effect a complete healing[
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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