Familia: Caesalpinaceae       Browneopsis Sp.   Kichwa: Cruz Kaspi

The new leaves of cruz caspi are bright red with a dark spotted pattern.  The bark is used  to stop excessive postpartum bleeding.  Women who no longer want to have children drink a strong tea made from the bark believed to permanently stop menstruation.  


"The Use of Cruz Kaspi to Terminate Fertility " Tod Swanson interview with Luisa Cadena on the use of Cruz Kaspi to terminate fertility.  YouTube video.  2:43.  February 8, 2019