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This is a footnote to an article about the South American herb, called "Taheebo." In this footnote, and nowhere else on the web, you can learn the technical names, in several languages, and the historical background of this herb.
The reference in the article was:
- How does a researcher from the Harvard Medical School do his research? How would this medical researcher regard a research project for a natural herb, such as the bark from the Taheebo Tree?
In all my searches of the Internet for information about "Taheebo," I could never have found much unless I knew what words to search for. Here, in this brief footnote you'll find information that many people who are not on the web know as well as the back of their hands, but many others who are active on the web have never heard of, and couldn't get no matter how hard they looked. Knowing the nomenclature is the first step to understanding the subject.
- Here are the key words and phrases described in this footnote:
- ipes roxo
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The word "Taheebo" is just one of the names by which the tree goes. The tree grows in several different countries of South America and therefore the tree has a differently spelled name depending on which language is being used.
In Brazil, the Portuguese names used are ipes, pau-darco or ipe roxo (roxo relates to the color purple the color of the flowers on many of these trees, but Brazilians use this word casually for pink, red, magenta and violet also). The wood of this tree is exceptionally strong and, among many other uses, archery bows are often made from it thus giving it also the Portuguese name pau-darco, or bow stick.
- Other names include Poui and Bow Tree.
They shed their leaves during the dry season,and bloom with flowers of pastel pink and violet when the rains start.
Other names of active botanical substances include naphohoquinones and anthraquinones.