Phenology of Lafoensia pacari A.St.-Hil. (Lythraceae) in Barra do Garças, Mato Grosso State, Brazil

L.W. Santos M.F.B. Coelho F.R. Pirani About the authors

Lafoensia pacari is a species from the Brazilian cerrado used in folk medicine to control ulcers, fungal and bacterial diseases, inflammations, fevers, pneumonia, stomachaches, and itching, as well as to lose weight. L. pacari phenology was studied for 24 months in the cerrado at "Serra Azul" State Park, in the region of Barra do Garças, Mato Grosso State, Brazil (15º 51' 58" S and 52º 15' 37" W), at 645 m altitude. Phenophases are seasonal, with flowering from April to August, fruiting from June to September, sprouting from October to December, during the beginning of the rainy season, and leaf fall from July to September, at the end of the dry season.

phenology; medicinal plants; "mangava-brava"

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