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pau d'arco

pau d'arco

Beautiful pink tree grows up to 100 ft (30m) Pointed elliptical leaves, usually 5 joined at the same place on stem. Beautiful pink trumpetshaped flowers. Fruit is capsule with several winged seeds. Bark is very tough and hard to peel. The inner bark is the part used medicinally. It’s usually dried, shredded, then boiled as a bitter tasting but well-known strong antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-cancer, disinfectant, anti-tumor, and anti-fungal agent, especially for treating candida infections. Contains 18 antiseptics and 5 anti-inflammatories. Good for mouth care, gingivitis, gums and teeth, add powder to existing toothpaste. Best taken in combination with other herbs, like chaparral.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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En las ciudades del litoral [...] tres grandes arboles se disputan el estrellato estetico cuando avanza la primavera, y florecen en este orden: el lapacho, cuyo nombre cientifico se me escapa, la acacia amarilla, lo bastante frecuente en Europa como para que el nombre latino que la identifica merezca ser mencionado, y el jacaranda o jacaranda mimosifolia ...
From September to December, Paraguay's capital, Asuncion, is a riot of colour, with yellow or reddish mangoes hanging from trees and lapacho trees displaying purple or white flowers.
Lapacho is said to be immune boosting, anti-tumour, anti-microbial, analgesic, diuretic, fungicidal, anti-candida, anti-haemorrhagic, anti-viral, anti-parasitic and anti-leukaemic.
With the world having become truly global, the traditional herbs grown in the cool climates of Europe and North America have reconquered many consumers' interest but are now also having to compete with exotic rivals, brought in from other regions of the world, such as rooibos from South Africa; tulsi, or royal basil, from India; as well as mate leaf and lapacho tree bark from South America.
Las especies arboreas mas frecuentes son el "quebracho colorado chaqueno" (Schinopsis balansae), por lo general asociado con "quebracho blanco" (Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco), "guayacan" (Caesalpinia paraguariensis), "mistol" (Ziziphus mistol), "brea" (Cercidium praecox), "yuchan" (Ceiba chodatii), "guayaibi" (Cordia americana), "lapacho" (Handroanthus impetiginosus), y diversas especies de "algarrobos" (Propopis spp.), entre otras.
Other common trees in this area include: palo rosa (Aspidosperma cylindrocarpon, Apocynaceae), quebrachillo (Athyana weinmannifolia, Sapindaceae), quebracho colorado (Schinopsis balamsae, Anacardiaceae), mandyjura (Pseudobombax tomentosum, Bombacaceae), yva hai (Hexaclamys edulis, Myrtaceae), paratodo (Tabebuia aurea, Bignoniaceae), mbavy pyta (Coutarea hexandra, Rubiaceae), urundey para (Astronium balansae, Anacardiaceae), and lapacho (Handroanthus impetiginosus, Bignoniaceae) (Guyra Paraguay, unpubl.).