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    Granny Backbone Bark



    Curarea Candicans

    Common Name: Granny Back Bone

    Curarea candicans

    Fruiting branch
    Photograph by: Mutis, J.C., Drawings of the Royal Botanical Expedition to the new Kingdom of Granada, t. 1907 (1783-1816) [S.R. Blanco] Creative Commons License

    General Information

    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.

    Botanical References


    S. America – Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, the Guyanas.


    Upland rain forest

    Medicinal Rating  *  *
    Habit Climber
    Height 20.00 m
    Cultivation Status Wild

    Cultivation Details

    A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.

    Edible Uses

    None known


    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 whole plant is mixed with other plants and used as a tonic in the treatment of pain.

    The sap is dripped into the ears as a treatment for earache.

    The wood is used as an aphrodisiac and for the treatment of malaria and sores.



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