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Tachia guianensis - Aubl.

Common Name Tachia
Family Gentianaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rainforests at low to middle elevations[631 ].
Range S. America - Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Tachia guianensis Tachia
Tachia guianensis Tachia

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Tachia guianensis is a shrub or small tree in South America that usually grows about 4 m in height. It has hollow and sub ligneous stems. It is not edible but it is a known medicinal plant. it is a very bitter herb used for fevers and abdominal pain. It is also used to improve the appetite and to strengthen the digestive system.

Physical Characteristics

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Tachia guianensis is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.


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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Tachia guianensis is a very bitter herb that is highly valued by indiginous peoples for its beneficial effect upon the digestive system, and as a treatment against fevers. All parts of the plant can be used, though the root is most commonly employed. The very bitter root is antiinflammatory, antipyretic, appetizer, cholagogue, febrifuge, stomachic and tonic[348 , 526 , 528 ]. A powerful and very effective herb, it is used to treat intermittent fevers[528 ]. It is also used like gentian to improve the appetite, strengthen the digestive system, relieve abdominal pain and rid the digestive tract of parasites[348 , 518 , 526 ]. It is said that there is no better remedy for 'sore stomach' than a tea made from the root[558 ]. The powdered leaves are to the coca preparation 'to make it taste better'[558 ].

Other Uses

Other Uses None known

Cultivation details

A plant of the moist, lowland tropics.


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Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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