Description: Showy perennial to 1 m with woody base, stems with milky sap; oblanceolate leaves 5-15 cm long, the flowers in umbels with reflexed, 5 parted corolla brilliant red-purple, exposing the crown of 5 orange horned hoods.
Uses: Brazil as a poison,
Costa Rica for warts,
Dominican Republic as an emetic and vulnerary; for fevers,
Elsewhere for dysentery, gonorrhea, headaches, intestinal worms, leprosy, piles, parasites, tumors(abdomen); as an diaphoretic, emetic, hemostat, purgative, styptic, sudorific, and vermifuge
Haiti as a depurative, emetic, pectoral, poison(veterinary); for fever,
Mexico for Cancer, as an emetic, poison, purgative, and vermifuge; for rabies, sores, tuberculosis,
Samoa as an emetic, poison,
Trinidad for sores, venereal diseases,
Turkey as an astringent, emetic, hemostat, purgative, vermifuge,
Venezuela for caries, leprosy, leucorrhea; as an astringent, purgative
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USDA Zone: 9-11
Accession # 198500664
Voucher #129354 at George Safford Torrey Herbarium (CONN).