|SPIGELIA ANTHELMIA - WORMBUSH.
Pinkroot, wormbush, Indian pink, worm grass, erva - lombrigueira, Demerara pinkroot, pink root, kromantikankan, kromanti - kankan.
Loganiaceae (Logania family).
Wormbush is an tropical annual weed, growing not higher than 1 foot tall; it is common in Suriname.
At the stem, which is scarcely branched, are short stalked, feather lobed leaves set like a whorl.
The spikes with small purple flowers come out of the middle of the whorl.
The flowers are on one side of the spike and they open in the afternoon.
The fruit is a 2-lobed, capsule with warty seeds.
Wormbush or pinkroot is very poisonous; it contains the alkaloid Spigeline that acts upon the heart, especially the endocardium.
In large doses it debilitates the heart.
Roots of Demerara pinkroot have acro narcotic qualities (capable of producing both narcotic and irritant effects).
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Suriname's traditional medicine
The plant is used against headache, throbbing pain, neuralgia, stabbing violent pain, vermifuge, congestion and as an expeller of intestinal worms.
USDA zone 9 - 11.
Seeds and cuttings.
Full sun / shade. Can withstand some drought, grows best on moist sandy-loam soil.
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