Granny Backbone BarkCompare
Curarea candicans is a vigorous climbing shrub that is able to climb high into the rainforest trees.
The plant is much used by native people in making the arrow poison curare. It is also collected from the wild for medicinal use.
S. America – Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Upland rain forest
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The root is used as a source of ‘Pereira root’
It is considered to be a bitter tonic and diuretic.
The root contains a number of alkaloids including chondoinine, beheerin and misobeerin
The sap is dripped into the ears as a treatment for earache.
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