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Quassia amara - Bitter wood

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Quassia amara

Quassia amara (Amargo, Bitter-ash, Bitter-wood) is a species in the genus Quassia, with some botanists treating it as the sole species in the genus. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus who named it after the first botanist to describe it. It is used in traditional medicine and as additive in the food industry.


Intestinal parasites, Skin parasites, Intestinal parasites, Amebic infections, Malaria, Digestive problems, Eliminate toxins, Liver problems.

Parts Used

Wood, Leaves.

Chemical Composition

The main chemicals identified in amargo include: beta-carbolines, beta-sitostenone, beta-sitosterol, dehydroquassins, gallic acid, gentisic acid, hydroxyquassins, isoparain/.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA





Kind Shape Feature
Simple Alternate, Pinnate Native to Brazil, Bitter Quassia ia a small forest tree, typically with a leaning stem, sometimes multiply-stemmed.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 15-25 cm long White The flowers are produced in a panicle 15-25 cm long, each flower 2.5-3.5 cm long, bright red on the outside, and white inside. They are tubes with a narrow mouth, somewhat wider at the base


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Syncarp (sorosis) The fruit consists of 4-5 berries held together in a red receptacle. Ovoid Many {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Seeds and cuttings can be used for propagation of Q. amara. Frost is not tolerated, but the plant is partially drought tolerant. A large amount of indirect light is recommended.

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area, Subtropical area, Monsoonal area.

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