Gomara racemosa RUlz et Pav., Gomaranthus

racemosus (R. et P.) Rauschert, Sanango durum

Bunting et Duke

This rare and mysterious bush is related to

Desfontainia spinosa. It is found in the rain forests

of Amazonia at altitudes up to 100 meters (Brako

and Zarucchi 1993, 619*) and is endemic to Peru

(Gentry 1993, 564*). The leaf is used as an inebriant.

Reports circulate of its wondrous effects.

However, there have been few ethnopharmacological

investigations into this promising


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