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aka Manaca, Pohl, Vegetable Mercury
(Brunfelsia uniflora syn Brunfelsia hopeana)

CONTAINS: Alkaloids, furocoumarin.

A Brazilian shrub which was listed in the NF 1926-36.

PROPAGATION: By semiripe cuttings in summer.
NEEDS: Rich, well draining soil in part shade and high humidity. Not hardy under 55ºF. Plants kept under cover are susceptible to whitefly and mealybug. Pinch tips during growing season to encourage branching.
HARVEST: Roots are collected in the wild, then dried for use.
Brunfelsia chiricaspi: Same uses as B. uniflora
Brunfelsia grandiflora: Sames uses as B. unifora


Sweet, aromatic, alterative. Characteristic reaction to this plant material is a chilling, tingling sensation.
Several species of Brunsfelsia have been used by native South Americans as an anti-inflammatory and as an hallucinagen; has also been utilized as an alterative and diuretic.
Has been used internally for syphilis, rheumatism and arthritis.

Has been used as an aphrodisiac and for shamanistic rituals.

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