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Scientific name: Ocotea quixos

Ocotea quixos or ishpingo is a species of tree belonging to the family Lauraceae. It is used within the traditional health system developed by the original peoples of the Andes of Ecuador.

The tree up to 20 meters high and diameter up to 30 cm, with branches and inflorescence sparsely pubescent (hairy); leaves elliptic-lanceolate or obovate (ovate with the narrow end down), glabrous and often finally reticulate-venous in the bundle, glabrous or somewhat puberulous and reticulate-venous in the underside; dioecious flowers, white-greenish; subglobose or ellipsoid fruits.

 

It grows in the whole amazon region of Ecuador and some parts of Colombia.

The ishpingo has a high concentration of antioxidants and iron, manganese and calcium

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