J. Alfaro J.
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Description: Smilax mexicana Griseb. ex Kunth, El Salvador, J. Alfaro J. 12, FCurrent Determination: Smilax mexicana Griseb. ex KunthFamily: SmilacaceaeLocation: El Salvador: MorazánLocality: AmbalaCollector(s): J. Alfaro J.Collection Date: 1 September 1935Description: Uses: El bejuco tiene en los nudillos espinas gruesas y romas. Es estimada y usada por los campesinos como depurativo de la sangre y regulador del periodo menstrual. La toman en decoccion (voucher). Medicinal, can be chewed to put on cuts and wounds as first aid in the field. Boil leaves and bathe in the liquid for talking in sleep (Anderson et al. 2003:164). Used to purify the system and dispel skin afflictions; combined with Cedrela odorata (=C. mexicana) to treat syphilis; tubers regarded as depurative, stimulant and tonic; decoction treats fevers, gout, and rheumatism, but primarily in syphilitic diseases (Morton 1981:83-84). Common names: Cuculmeca, raíz tuberculosa (voucher). Ya'ax k'iix ('green thorn'), kojkeej ('deer tooth') (Anderson et al. 2003:52, 242, 313). Bejuco de chiquihuite, bejuco de corona, bejuco diente-de-perro, coceeh, coceh, espeula de gallo, xcoceh, xcocehak, xcoche, zarza, zarzaparilla, zarzon (Morton 1981:83-84).Catalog Subset: Economic BotanyCatalog Project: Mesoamerican EthnobotanyEMu IRN: 2788943OccurenceID: 02c7ca95-b023-47e6-81c9-163d6e29f77d
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