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|Usage thérapeutique||Crude extracts have been shown to have antifungal activity. Reported to be expectorant, sedative and suppurativem G. sepium is a folk remedy for alopecia, boils, bruises, burns, colds, cough, erysipelas, fever, fractures, gangrene, headache, itch, prickly heat, rheumatism, skin tumours, ulcers and urticarial. G. sepium is also used for its insect repellent properties by farmers in some Latin American countries to repel insects. The leaves are ground up and combined with water. The animal is then bathed with the resulting paste. According to some of the farmers, if this is repeated every 7-14 days, the number of torsalo (tropical warble fly) infections is decreased. No published studies could be found to substantiate this claim.|
|Germination||Sow the seeds at the surface of a sowing mix with sand or perlite at about 22-25øC. Germination should occur in 1-3 weeks.
Following germination, trees grow extremely quickly and may attain a height of 3 m before flowering at 6-8 months.
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