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Ptychopetalum olacoides

muira puama

plant overview
restorative rainforest tree

Muira puama refers to the bark and rootstock of a small shrub or tree native to the Brazilian rainforest. Known locally as “potency wood,” Muira puama has been used as restorative botanical in South America for centuries. Abundant in long-chain fatty acids, essential oils, plant sterols and a novel alkaloid dubbed muirapuamine, Muira puama is sometimes prepared as an infusion, but is more commonly tinctured. Strong infusions are also added to herbal baths.

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Muira puama
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on muira puama

Ptychopetalum olacoides plants are shrubs or small trees growing to about 14 feet in height. They belong to the Olacaceae family—not to be confused with the Oleaceae or olive family.

Its leaves are short-petioled—up to 3 inches in length and 2 inches in breadth— they are light green on their tops, and dark brown on on their undersides. The inflorescences consist of short axillary racemes of 4 to 6 flowers each. The root is strongly tough and fibrous with thin bark and broad wood. Inside the root is light brown, has a faint odor, and tastes slightly saline and acrid.

common names & nomenclature
From the Spanish, muira puama means "wood of the power".

Also known as:
muira puama, potency wood, marapuama, marapama, muiratã, muiratam, pau-homen, potenzholz, liriosma ovata

Muira Puama, the restorative rainforest tree
Where in the World
habitat and summary for muira puama

The Muira puama plant is native to the Amazon rainforest. It grows in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, and Suriname.

Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting muira puama

Grows in warm humid understory rainforest habitats.

Prefers rich, moist, fertile soil of the rainforest.

Sow seed in rich, fertile soil in a greenhouse, when large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into larger containers and grow on in a greenhouse or outdoors in a warm, humid climate.

The bark and root are harvested throughout the season. May be used fresh or cut and dried for later use.

Store dried bark and root pieces in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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