Byrsonima intermedia A. Juss.

  • Raquel de Cássia dos Santos
  • Larissa Lucena Périco
  • Vinícius Peixoto Rodrigues
  • Miriam Sannomiya
  • Lúcia Regina Machado da Rocha
  • Clélia Akiko Hiruma-LimaEmail author
Part of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World book series (MAPW, volume 5)


Plants of the genus Byrsonima, which is composed of approximately of 150 species, are widely distributed throughout tropical America. In Brazil, these species are known as “murici”, and the Byrsonima species has a large number of medicinal uses. Byrsonima intermedia A. Juss. is known in Brazilian folk medicine for its popular use of treating diarrhea, dysentery, stomach ache, ulcer and inflammation. Pharmacological pre-clinical studies from this species have proved the anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiarrheal and anti-ulcerogenic properties of this plant. Chemical studies of this species have shown the correlation of these activities with the presence of terpenoids, flavonoids and tannins. These evaluations showed the medicinal potential of this plant; however, the presence of the in vitro mutagenicity effect requires the careful assessment of the medicine used.


Murici-pequeno Murici-do-campo Byrsonima intermedia A. Juss. Malpighiaceae 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raquel de Cássia dos Santos
    • 1
  • Larissa Lucena Périco
    • 2
  • Vinícius Peixoto Rodrigues
    • 2
  • Miriam Sannomiya
    • 3
  • Lúcia Regina Machado da Rocha
    • 2
  • Clélia Akiko Hiruma-Lima
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratory of Bioactive CompoundsSão Francisco University (USF)Bragança PaulistaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of PhysiologySão Paulo State University (UNESP), Institute of BiosciencesBotucatuBrazil
  3. 3.School of Arts, Science and Humanities, São Paulo University (USP)São PauloBrazil

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