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Fridericia chica


Native to:



Southern and central Central America, most of South America.

Forests or thickets. Up to 1200 meters above sea level. 10 meter tall vine.

Fridericia chica

Ecological value:

Tolerant of some shade. Belongs to the Bignoniaceae family also known as Trumpet Vines. The family is known for being ornamental. There are between 810-860 species in this family, with 104 recognized genera.

Material uses:

Flowers and leaves create a red dye which has been used traditionally as a body paint. Leaves mixed with fruits of Renealmia alpinia are used to dye fibers of Astrocaryum chambira which are used in weaving baskets.

Edible uses:

No record on this species.

Medicinal use:

The plants leaves are used for anti-inflammatory, skin infections, blood
disorders. You can drink a decoction made from the leaves and stem to reduce tension.

Other details:

The dye made from this plant, can be used for tattoo ink. Can be propagated by cuttings from wood, from seeds or by layering.


Christine Facella


“Fridericia Chica (Bonpl.) L.G.Lohmann | Plants of the World Online | Kew Science.” n.d. Plants of the World Online. Accessed November 28, 2023.
“Bignoniaceae.” 2022. Wikipedia. March 18, 2022.
“Fridericia Chica - Useful Tropical Plants.” n.d. Accessed November 28, 2023.
Image source: João Medeiros

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