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Alvaradoa amorphoides Liebm. belsinic-che

Tree; bark fine-textured; leaves once-pinnately compound, the leaflets progressively smaller toward the apex, the rachis and petiolule reddish; plants dioecious; inflorescence densely flowered racemes produced among the leaves; fruit a hairy samara.

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The bark is extremely bitter. Bark extracts have been used for a variety of medical treatments, including itch and as a tonic for the digestive system (Standley 1930).