Olacaceae
Minquartia aff. guianensis • Acuariquara
Minquartia guianensis is a relatively slow-growing, canopy species (1) The trunks are appreciated as poles in construction of houses and fences, or to support wires in telecommunication (2). The species is also known in traditional medicine. A compound called minquartynoic acid is responsible for the tree’s antiparasitic activity (3).

(1) Oberbauer SF, Clark DA, Clark DB, Quesada M (1989) Comparative analysis of photosynthetic light environments within the crowns of juvenile rain forest trees. Tree Physiol 5(1): 13-23

(2) Guides at Amazonat (pers. comm.)

(3) Rasmussen HB, Christensen SB, Kvist LP, Kharazmi A, Huansi AG (2000) Absolute configuration and antiprotozoal activity of minquartynoic acid. J Nat Prod 63(9): 1295-6