Mansoa spp.



The Mansoa genus belongs to the family Bignoniaceae, and it includes 11 to 12 species that occur mainly in the dry and wet forests of Brazil and from Argentina to the Southeast of Mexico. The species in the Brazilian Amazon region are known as "cipo-de-alho", that means garlic vine, in reference to the pungent garlic-like smell of the leaves when crushed. The Mansoa genus has several uses, the most cited being the treatment of colds, fever, pain, and inflammation of arthritis and rheumatism.