GEISSOSPERMUM VELLOSII / SERICEUM - PAO PEREIRA.|
Geissospermum laeve, Geissospermum martianum, Tabernaemontana laevis.
Acariquara branca, Bergibita, Maria-congo, Pao pereira.
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family).
A medium sized canopy Amazon rainforest tree, indigenous to Suriname, growing up to 60' tall. It has a furrowed trunk and alternate leaves; fruits are horn-like, yellow.
Pao pereira occurs in non flooded areas of the forest. Plants of the Geissospermum genus are known for their extreme bitterness. The bark of Geissospermum is highly valued for its medicinal properties and wood.
Indole and beta-carboline alkaloids such as Flavopereirine and Geissospermine with anti tumor properties.
The bitter inner-bark of Pao pereira has therapeutic action against cancer - and leukemia cells.
It also shows promising results in suppressing the further prolifiration of HIV and herpes viruses.
Traditionally used in the Amazon against, fever, malaria, as a sexual stimulant and to strengthen the immune system.
Geissospermum species are believed to purify the blood and the liver. These species are said also to be used for the prevention (prophylaxis) of malaria.
A bark decoction is used against infections of the penis, glands and stomach; in Brazil it is also used as a febrifuge.
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USDA zone 9 - 11.
Full sun, moist soil.
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