Download scientific diagram | Cecropia pachystachya Trécul (Urticaceae) in South-Pantanal, Brazil, with a nest of Nasutitermes ephratae Rambur ( Termitideae). Image of Cecropia pachystachya. Cecropia catarinensis Trusted. Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA Distribution and Ecology of Cecropia species in Singapore. Fig. 2. Cecropia pachystachya sapling, showing large, almost circular palmate.

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The wood from Cecropia trees is used by local people mainly to make musical instruments and tool handles. America, with paachystachya descriptions of the plants, their other uses etc. Hans Melchior placed Cecropia in Urticales and Moraceae concephaleideae because of its woody bark.

Cecropia pachystachya

Cecropia bark can be used in rope making as well as in tannery. It also showed strong in vitro antioxidant activity.

It is often the keystone food supply for frugivorous animals, such as birds, fruit bats, monkeys, opossums, and even fish. The hypoglycemic xecropia of the extract was tested in normal, glucose loading and alloxan-induced diabetic rats. Histopathological analysis showed a moderate chronic skin anti-inflammatory effect with decrease in vasodilation, edema, cell infiltration, and epidermal hyperproliferation.

Kuntze Ambaiba carbonaria Miq. In conclusion, the findings showed that the folk medicinal plant Cecropia pachystachya possesses hypoglycemic and antioxidant effects which confirmed the traditional use of the plant in the treatment of diabetes.

Hypoglycemic effects of Cecropia pachystachya in normal and alloxan-induced diabetic rats.

CPM exhibited significant anti-inflammatory effect in the acute models, in some cases comparable to the reference drugs. Traits of the staminate flowers and inflorescences are adapted to wind pollination- either by pendulous spikes which can be moved by the wind to shed the pollen or by the special adaptation of detachment of anthers and their secondary attachment allowing the shedding of pollen by motion of anthers.


Cecropia fruit, known as snake fingersare a cecgopia food of diverse animals however, including bats like the common fruit bat Artibeus jamaicensis or Carollia species, the Central American squirrel monkey Saimiri cecropaiand birds like the green aracari Pteroglossus viridisthe keel-billed toucan Ramphastos sulfuratusthe peach-fronted conure Eupsittula aureathe bare-throated bellbird Procnias nudicollis [10] and particularly nine-primaried paachystachya.

A map of the distribution of Cecropia can be found in the article written by Berg and Rosselli, Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed.

Thick unicellular hairs 2. There is high deviation in the morphology of Cecropia species, but most form small to medium-sized trees, 5—15m tall. The genus is named after Cecrops Ithe mythical first king of Athens. When phylogenetic data became available, Cecropia was then moved back into Urticaceae.

Species of Cecropia often display what is called myrmecophytism cecropa a form of biotic defense.

Cecropia pachystachya – Wikispecies

Thin unicellular hairs 3. The species Cecropia pachystachya and C. Myrmecophytism is a mutualistic relationship formed with ant colonies, where the ants protect the tree from herbivory and the trees provide shelter and food for the ants.

Ants and Cecropia have coadapted to each other; meaning that each species has evolved one pachsytachya more traits in response to selective pressures exerted by the other. The leaves and buds are also eaten by sloths as their main source of food.

Results were compared with the reference antioxidants quercetin, rutin, and ascorbic acid. This version of the classification system is considered the newer version and more widely accepted. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


Cecropia is a major pioneer tree genera in regions of the Neotropics with wet lowland and montane forest. Materials Science and Engineering: Views Read Edit View history.

Check date values in: Berg and Rosselli stated that decoctions of leaves are made to stimulate the cardiac system, to treat asthma and pneumonia, to treat diabetes and as a diuretic. The total amount of phenolic and flavonoids compounds was determined and the qualitative composition of the extract was analyzed. The following are two examples with the second generally more accepted. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.

Cecropia species are among the most abundant pioneers of other neotropical forests. In most low-elevation, wet regions cedropia the neotropics, Cecropia trees are ubiquitous and important invaders of man-made clearings. Along with protection against herbivory, the ants will also prevent the Cecropia from encroaching vines and other plants.

Not for the casual reader. Wikispecies has information related to Cecropia. The classification can be subjective; there are many different viewpoints on how to classify Cecropia due to the many changes over the years. If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating.

Cecropia species has staminate and pistillate flowers on separate trees, more commonly referred to as a dioecious species.

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