Andira inermis (Wright) H.B.K.

Nota de alcance (en)

Leaf, leaves boiled: tea drunk for worms, parasites, leaves can only be used when there are no flowers on the tree; when blossoming, leaves are poisonous


Stem: Decoction of bark for a powerful anthelmintic, purgative; inner bark scraped and used to treat snakebite.
Stem toxicity: narcotic.

Seed: Bitter, emetic, used as a vermifuge in French Guiana.

Fruit toxicity: Fruit is poisonous.




Folk medicinal uses

For worms and phlegm Beckwith quotes a recipe which has more than a touch of magic in it, 'Take one chip where the sun rises, two where it goes down, boil as tea and sweeten. Eat a little piece of salt herring and drink the tea'.


For wounds a plaster made of the grated 'nut' has been used but seems to be a somewhat painful remedy 'only some can stand it'. It was at one time used in European medicine as a vermifuge but it is dangerous in large doses, producing vomiting with fever and delirium.




Folk medicinal uses

The use of the bark and fruit of this species as a vermifuge is confirmed for Jamaica. In Panama it is used in the same way and also in Cuba where it is also considered a febrifuge and where a leaf decoction has been used in the treatment of quick-lime burns.


Nota bibliográfica (en)

1) Barret, Bruce Economic Botany vol. 48, nro. 1 .-- p. 8-20 1994

2) Robertt, A., et al.. Medicinal Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana)/Smithsonian NMNH. cited online: 17-08-2017

3) Asprey, G.F; Phylis Thornton/ Medicinal plants of Jamaica. Parts I & II. – p. 22.

4) Asprey, G.F; Phylis Thornton/ Medicinal plants of Jamaica. Parts III & IV. – p. 65.

Andira inermis (Wright) H.B.K.
Término aceptado: 10-Mar-2017