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Product: Quassia Chips
Latin Name: Quassia amara syn. Quassia alatifolia, Quassia officinalis, Quassia amargo, Simaroube officinale, Picrasma excelsa.
Plant Family: Simaroubaceae
Other Names: Bitterwood, Jamaica Quassia, Bitter Ash, Surinam Wood, Amargo, Kwassi, Pau Amarelo, Pau Quassia, Bitterholz, Gorzkla & Pao Tariri.
Description: Quassia is a deciduous tree native to the tropical regions of the America and the Caribbean. It reaches a height of 15-30 metres, the leaves are opposite, pinnate with short stalks with approximately 5-7 oblanceolate leaflets 2-11cm in length, glossy, dark green in colour with purple stem and leaf mid ribs. The flowers form panicles approximately 15-25 cm in length, they are deep pink to magenta in colour on the outside and pale pink to white on the inside, each individual inflorescence is 2-5 cm in length.
SUGGESTED USEThe bark is used in the food industry for its bitter qualities; it is also used in the cosmetics industry in the manufacture of shampoos for head lice. An infusion of the wood can be made and used as an insecticidal spray in the garden.
SHELF LIFEShelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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