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Ethnobotany
of the Peruvian Amazon
an introduction to medicinal and useful plants in the Amazonian region of Perú

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plants are organized alphabetically by name most commonly used in the Peruvian Amazon.
Most do not have standard English common names.
Botanical name is italicized.


 
achiote
Bixa orellan

alacransillo
Heliotropium indicum

aguajillo
Helosis guyannensis

aguaje
Mauritia flexuosa

ajo sacha
Mansoa alliacea

amasisa
Erythrina fusca

amor seco
Bidens alb

angel sisa
Caesalpinia pulcherrima

ayahuasca
Banisteriopsis caapi

barbasco
Lonchocarpus nicou

bolsa mullaca
Physalis angulata

bombanaje
Carludovica palmata

cacao
Theobroma cacao

café
Coffea spp.

caimito
Chrysophyllum cainito

camalonga
Thevetia peruviana

camote
Ipomoea batatas

camu camu
Myrciaria dubia

caña de azúcar
Saccharum officinarum

caña brava
Costus scaber

capinurí
Maquira coriacera

capirona
Capirona spp.; Calycophyllum spp.

carambola
Averrhoa carambola

cashu (marañón)
Anacardium occidentale

castaña
Bertholletia excelsa

catahua
Hura crepitans

cedro
Cedrela odorata

clavo huasca
Tynnanthus panurensis

chami
Mimosa pudica

coca
Erythroxylon coca

cocona
Solanum sessiliflorum

copaiba
Copaifera paupera

chacruna
Psychotria spp.

chambira
Astrocaryum chambira

chiric sanango
Brunfelsia grandifolia

chuchuhuasi
Maytenus macrocarpa
 

cordoncillo
Piper spp.

cuma ceba
Swartzia brachyrachis

cumala (epená)
Virola spp.

curaré
Chondrodendron tomentosum

escalera de mono
Bauhinia guianensis

flor de muerto
Asclepias curassavica

granadilla venenosa
Passiflora coccinea

guaraná
Paullinia cupana

guayaba
Psidium guajava

guaba
Inga edulis

guayusaguisador
Curcuma longa

hierba luisa
Cymbopogon citratus

huacapu

huacrapona
Iriartea deltoidea

Huama
Pistia stratiotes

huacrapona
Iriartea deltoidea

huasai
Euterpe oleracea

huingo
Cresentia cujete

huito
Genipa americana

irapay
Lepidocaryum tenue

lacarto caspi

leche caspi

llanten
Plantago major

lupuna (ceiba; kapok)
Ceiba pentandra

malva
Malachra alceifolia

mango
Mangifera indica

mapacho
Nicotiana spp.

motelo sanango
Abuta grandifolia

ñucñu pichana
Scoparia dulcis

oco yagé; chaliponga; chagrapanga; huambisa
Diplopterys cabrerana

ojé
Ficus insipida

icoja
Unonopsis floribunda

jaboncillo
Phytolacca rivinoides

jergón sacha
Dracontium loretense

leche caspi
Couma macrocarpa

maracuyá
Passiflora edulis

paico
Chenopodium ambrosioides

palo sangre

palta
Persea americana

pampa orégano
Lippia alba

pan de árbol
Artocarpus altilis

pandisho
Artocarpus altilis

papailla
Momordica charatia

papaya
Carica papaya

pichana albahaca
Ocimum micranthum

piña
Ananas comosus

piñon blanco
Jatropha curcas

piñon negro
Jatropha gossyhpifolia

pona
Socratea exorrhiza

puca panga
Arrabidaea chica

remo caspi
Aspidosperma excelsum

renaquilla
Clusia rosea

retama amarilla
Senna reticulata

rosa sisa
Tagetes erecta

sacha culantro
Eryngium foetidum

sacha mango
Grias neuberthii

sangre de grado
Croton lechleri

Santa María
Lepianthes peltata

sapodilla
Manilkara zapota

shiringa
Hevea brasiliensis

shapumba
Selaginella spp.

tagua
Phytelephas aequatorialis

tahuari
Tabebuia serratifolia

tamamuri
Brosimum acutifolium

teta de vaca
Solanum mammosum

toé
Brugmansia suaveolens

tumbo
Passiflora quadrangularis

ubos
Spondias mombin

ungurahui
Oenocarpus bataua

uña de gato
Uncaria spp.

verbena
Verbena littoralis

verdolaga
Portulaca oleracea

yahuar piri piri
Eleutherine blubosa

yuca; cassava; manioc
Manihot esculenta

A Selected Bibliography of the Amazon
recommended reading about ecology, plants, animals, indigenous people, and cultures of the Amazon
by noted medical ethnobotanist Dr. Ethan Russo
Medicinal Plants of the Peruvian Amazon

Amazon's Sacred Healing Plants


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