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(Opilia family)


60 species in eight genera are found in tropical regions, especially in Asia.

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Agonandra brasiliensis Miers ex Benth. & Hook.f.
[syn. Agonandra granatensis Rusby]
Pao Marfim

This satinwood substitute contains a saponin which irritates mucous membranes (Freise 1932). According to Woods and Calnan (1976) the common name pao marfim more often refers to Aspidosperma vargasii.

Opilia celtidifolia Endl. ex Walp.
[syn. Groutia celtidifolia Guill. & Perr.]

Chewing the leaves causes the saliva to turn red and produces a special sensation in the throat (Irvine 1961).


  • Freise, F.W. (1932) Gesundheiteschädigungen durch Arbeiten mit giftingen Holzern. Beobachtungen aus brasilianischen Gewerbebetrieben Arch. Gewerbepath.-Hyg. 3: 1 (1970).
  • Irvine FR (1961) Woody Plants of Ghana. With special reference to their uses. London: Oxford University Press [doi] [WorldCat] [url] [url-2]
  • Woods B, Calnan CD (1976) Toxic woods. British Journal of Dermatology 95(Suppl 13): 1-97 [doi] [url] [url-2] [pmid]

Richard J. Schmidt

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