UNCARIA GUIANENSIS - CAT'S CLAW.
Cat's claw, garabato blanco, kattenklauw, paraguayo, una de gato, una de gavilan.
Rubiaceae, (Madder family).
Cat's claw is a large perennial, a woody vine (liana) from the Amazon
rainforest; it has white bisexual flowers, simple leaves - elliptic to oblong and hook-like thorns at
the base of the leaves that resemble the claw of a cat.
The fruits are elliptical capsules with
numerous small seeds.
It grows up and around trees, up to more than 100' high.
There are 60 species of this genus but there are two very closely related species in Suriname: Uncaria
tomentosa (at higher elevations) and - guianensis (at lower elevations). They can be used interchangeably.
The parts harvested (wild harvested) are the bark of the woody stem, roots and the leaves.
Phytochemicals in the plant include: alkaloids, anthraquinones, sterols, triterpenes, glycosides,
These phytochemicals have been shown to provide natural support against many viruses. The herb can be used to build the immune system
since it is an immuno stimulant.
The bark of the stem is most used in the applications.
Suriname's traditional medicine
Uncaria guianensis is used for the treatment of wounds, dysentery and intestinal infections.
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USDA zone 9B - 11.
Full sun / partial shade, well drained soil.
Plant in frost free locations.