Man Vine

Botanical name: – Agonandra racemosa Standl.
Family: Opiliaceae . Opilia Family
Genus: Agonandra
Specific epithet: racemosa – Standl
Domain: Eukaryota . Whittaker & Margulis,1978 – eukaryotes
Kingdom: Plantae . Haeckel, 1866 – Plants
Subkingdom: Viridaeplantae . Cavalier-Smith, 1981
Phylum: Magnoliophyta .Sinnott, 1935 Ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998 – Flowering Plants
Subphylum: Euphyllophytina
Infraphylum: Radiatopses () – Kenrick & Crane, 1997
Class: Magnoliopsida  Brongniart, 1843 – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Rosidae .Takhtajan, 1967
Superorder: Santalanae . Thorne Ex Reveal, 1992
Order: Santalales . Dumortier, 1829

Common Name :Man Vine

Habitat: Found in Barra de la Cruz – HUGHESFRP.  Typically found at an altitude of 0 to 2,004 meters (0 to 6,575 feet).

Description:
Small tree to 6m ht.Evergreen, shrubs , or lianas, root parasites. Outer bark mud-brown, thick, corky, vertically fissured and cracking irregularly. Slash thick, chunky, soft, pale orange. Leaves rubbery, thick, very sl. succulent; sl. glossy, only midrib visible on both surfaces. Pale yellow-green flowers on short axillary spikes. Infrequent in disturbed selva baja.

 

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Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple , margin entire, penninerved . Inflorescences axillary or cauliflorous , spikes, racemes , or panicles [or umbels, in Africa]; bracts narrowly ovate or scale-like. Flowers small, actinomorphic , (3-) 5-merous, bisexual or unisexual and plants then dioecious or gynodioecious (in Champereia) . Perianth free or tepals partly united , valvate . Stamens as many as and opposite tepals, free or filaments inserted on tepals; anthers 2-loculed, introrse , dehiscence longitudinal . Disk intrastaminal , lobed , annular , or cupular. Ovary superior or semi-sunken in disk, 1-loculed; ovule 1, pendulous, unitegmic , tenuinucellar; placentation free-central . Style short or none; stigma entire or shallowly lobed. Fruit a drupe. Seed coat thin; endosperm oily; embryo terete , with 3 or 4 linear cotyledons.

Medicinal Uses:
Man Vine is an excellent anti-spasmodic and in general quite relaxing to involuntary muscle tissues such as the uterus, stomach and intestines. Chop woody part of vine; boil a small handful in 3 cups of water for 10 minutes and drink 1 cup before each meal for constipation, intestinal gas, indigestion, mucus in stool, inability to eat even a small portion of food, gastritis, and any ailment to do with the digestive or alimentary tract. This same tea also acts as an excellent mild sedative, and can be drunk for backaches, neckache, headaches, muscle spasms, and for males who pass mucus in the urine.  The root is a superior remedy for male impotency—chop root and boil 1 small handful in 3 cups of water for 10 minutes; drink 1 cup before each meal.  Note that while drinking man vine tea, one must abstain from all acid foods, cold drinks, and beef.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:

http://herbaria.plants.ox.ac.uk/vfh/image/index.php?item=4732&photo=5343

http://zipcodezoo.com/Plants/A/Agonandra_racemosa/

http://unibio.unam.mx/irekani/bitstream/123456789/1964/1/2279.jpg

http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_LMN.htm

http://www.kew.org/science/tropamerica/neotropikey/families/Opiliaceae.htm

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