A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife
Big dead flower. 20 cm? Not sure what colours they are when fresh, but very fleshy brown like when dead. I guess it had white petals and a pink heart, but the ones I found on the jungle floor where brown with some pink leftovers on the underside. Slimy anemone looking heart.
On jungle floor near the river and Angel Falls, Canaima, Bolivar, Venezuela.
This species is unique in that it belongs to the only genus of plants capable of absorbing carbon dioxide during the night. Medicinal use. The whole plant:, decocted with species of Smilax, Strychnos, Doliocarpus, Philodendron and Bauhinia scala-simiae, is made into a tonic. The liquid from the cut liana is used as a wash to relieve aching bones and as a treatment for botfly larvae. Cut pieces of the aerial roots are soaked in water or wine to make an infusion which is used as tonic for relieving back pain. The latex from the stem is used effectively in a plaster to treat body aches. Latex from the bark is antiseptic and vulnerary. It is applied, usually mixed with water, to wounds for healing. The root is used to treat back pain. The wood is boiled, and the water used as an antiseptic agent, for treating sores or as a treatment for cuts and wounds. The leaves are rich in flavonoids.
Lat: 5.97, Long: -62.53
Spotted on Jan 5, 2018
Submitted on Jan 29, 2018
and 6 other people favorited this spotting