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It can be found in the Amazon regions of Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela. Manacá is a medium-sized, shrubby tree that grows to 8 m high and is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest. Often it is cultivated as an ornamental; it produces pretty, yellowish-white, highly-fragrant flowers, from which a perfume is extracted. Indigenous tribes in the northwest Amazon consider manacá to be a diaphoretic and diuretic. They use it for fever, rheumatism, snakebite, syphilis, and yellow fever.
The genus Brunfelsia belongs to the alkaloid-rich family Solanaceae and usually is placed in the relatively advanced tribe Salpiglossideae. Brunfelsia is a medium-sized genus of about 42 species of small trees and shrubs: 22 species are confined to the West Indies; 20 species are found in tropical South America. B. Mire and the related B. hydrangeiformis cause paralysis and stimulation of the
Because of the fragrance, this plant is nice to plant near a patio or pool. Performing exceptionally well in containers, this species creates a dazzling display of long tubular blossoms from late spring through fall. Flowers emerge pure white and age to cream emitting a spicy fragrance in the evening. Fruit is a small round capsule containing many seeds. Prefers filtered light. All parts of a plant are toxic, especially roots and fruits, to a lesser degree leaves.
This evergreen shrub is slow growing. It has dull, dark green, leathery leaves. It grows up to 5 ft tall and wide and rather open branched. In bloom it is very dramatic: abundant flowers open rich purple and fade to mauve and white over a few days, all through spring and early summer.
This Brunfelsia grows to almost 10 feet tall and are heavily branched. They have long leaves and form flat, five-leaved violet flowers. One of the easiest and most vigorous Brunfelsia species. New growth is characterized by fine hairs and a purple tint. Flowers are a rich purple. Very showy and cold hardy. Sometimes used as an admixture in Ayahuasca brews. The root also has a reputation as an aphrodesiac.
Large to medium size shrub with highly perfumed flowers that are fragrant at night (after 7-8 pm).