Angostura trifoliata

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Angostura trifoliata
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Illustration of Angostura trifoliata as Galipea officinalis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Genus: Angostura
A. trifoliata
Binomial name
Angostura trifoliata

Angostura trifoliata is a plant native to South America. It is an evergreen, growing 18 to 24 metres (59 to 79 ft) tall.[2] The leaves are composed of three ovoid lanceolate leaflets. The flowers are purplish-white.[3]

Angostura bark is used in the treatment of fevers, where it is believed to be as effective as quinine.[2] It is also used in a number of aromatic bitters, such as Abbott's Bitters and Fever-Tree aromatic tonic water;[4] however, it is not used in Angostura brand bitters, which is instead named after a town in Venezuela, now Ciudad Bolívar. This plant is used to flavor foods like candy and ice cream.[3]

The bark is bruised and used to intoxicate fish.[2]


  1. ^ "Angostura trifoliata". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Trifoliata, (Willd.) T.S.Elias. "Angostura trifoliata". Useful Tropical Plants. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b "[:it]Angostura trifoliata: Sistematica, Etimologia, Habitat, Coltivazione[:]". Un Mondo Ecosostenibile. 2020-11-25. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  4. ^ "About Abbott's Bitters | Abbott's Bitters". Archived from the original on 2014-11-21. Retrieved 2014-11-19.