Caopia laxiflora (Reichardt) Kuntze
Vismia angustifolia Rusby
Vismia falcata Rusby
Vismia laxiflora is a shrub or tree with a spreading crown.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Northern S. America - Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana; Caribbean - Trinidad.
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A plant of tropical lowland areas.
An exudate from the stem (probably the orange latex[
]) is used as an antifungal on the skin[
The bark is used in the treatment of eczema, itches and skin fungi[
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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