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Plumiera. Pagoda tree. Plumiera sucuuba.

Botanical name:

Plumiera. Pagoda Tree.—The bark of Plumiera sucuuba Spruce (Fam. Apocynaceae), a plant growing in South America which the natives of Brazil have long used in the treatment of fevers. It is asserted also to be an anthelmintic and emmenagogue. Plumier, the French botanist, first brought this plant to the attention of the medical profession. The important constituents of the plant are plumierin (agoniadin), C21H24O12 + H2O, and plumieric acid, C20H24O12. The P. acutifolia, said to contain an alkaloid, C57H72N33, has been used in the treatment of gonorrhea.


The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, was edited by Joseph P. Remington, Horatio C. Wood and others.



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