A shrubby tree found in the lower elevations and floodplains of the Amazon, Iporuru has light brown bark and violet colored flowers. The leaves and bark must be harvested during the dry season as it spends the rainy season under water.
Traditionally this plant has been used as a teaching plant by tribes in the Amazon. Throughout the Amazon the bark or leaves are used as a local support for rheumatism, arthritis, colds, and muscle pains. Topically, the crushed leaves were been rubbed on painful joints. The bark has also been used as a treatment to prevent diarrhea. Another common use in some parts of Peru is as an aphrodisiac and for impotency.
While not much official research has been done on the Iporuru, initial results have shown it to contain steroids, saponins, phenols, flavonols, flavones, tannins, xanthones, and alkaloids.