Acnistus arborescens. [Cancer plant]

Natives use for cancer treatments

Medium sized shrubby tree with soft cork-like bark. Small flowers are followed by little orange tomato-like fruits. Plant is used for its anti-cancer properties.

Description: Small or medium sized shrubby tree to 10-20ft. Small orange fruits are very popular with birds, but have little taste and may not be palatable for humans. Despite its name, it does not contain any nicotine compounds. The common name Wild Tobacco is a misnomer.

Hardiness: Subtropical, will survive brief frosts

Uses: Plant contains Withaferin A and Withacnistin, both having anti-tumor properties. Extracts from this plant have historically been used by natives as an herbal treatment for cancer. Can also be used as a diuretic.

Native Range: Native to Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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