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Brucea javanica  Java Brucea Fruit Buah Makassar Simarubaceae


Brucea javanica, Java Brucea Fruit, Simarubaceae, Buah Makassar

Deciduous shrub with downy branches native to China, East Indies, and the Malay Archipelago. Leaves are pinnate with 4 to 6 pairs of leaflets. Flowers are small, purple, 4 petaled, appearing in axillary panicles in summer. Fruit is a black berry containing a single, flat seed.
Propagation: By seed in spring; by ripewood cuttings in sand.
Needs: Well drained soil in sun or part shade. Hardy to 60 F.
Harvest: Seeds when ripe (hard outer covering is removed).
Bitter, febrifuge, antibiotic, antifungal, astringent, anthelmintic, mild laxative, tonic, vermifuge. Affects colon.
Has been used internally for malaria, amebic dysentary, diarrhea, piles, chronic dysentary, nematodes, tapeworm, , and vaginal thrush.
Has been used externally for warts and corns. Seeds are split open and taped to the offending growth.
Parts used: Seeds