Hebanthe eriantha

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Hebanthe
Species: H. eriantha
Binomial name
Hebanthe eriantha
(Poir.) Pedersen
  • Gomphrena eriantha (Poir.) Moq.
  • Gomphrena paniculata (Mart.) Moq.
  • Hebanthe paniculata Mart.
  • Iresine erianthos Poir.
  • Iresine paniculata (Mart.) Spreng.
  • Iresine tenuis Suess.
  • Pfaffia eriantha (Poir.) Kuntze
  • Pfaffia paniculata (Mart.) Kuntze
  • Xeraea paniculata (Mart.) Kuntze

Hebanthe eriantha (Pfaffia paniculata, suma, or Brazilian ginseng) is a species of plant in the Amaranthaceae family.

The root of this rambling ground vine found in South America is used traditionally as a medicine and tonic. Nicknamed "para tudo" which means "for all," suma is a traditional herbal medicine.[1]

The root contains phytochemicals including saponins (pfaffosides),[2] pfaffic acid, beta-ecdysterone, glycosides, and nortriterpenes.[3]


  1. ^ Vieira, Roberto F. (1999) Conservation of medicinal and aromatic plants in Brazil. p. 152–159. In: J. Janick (ed.), Perspectives on new crops and new uses. ASHS Press, Alexandria, VA.
  2. ^ "Triterpenoids from Brazilian Ginseng, Pfaffia paniculata" Jing Li, Atul N. Jadhav, Ikhlas A. Khan Tropical Plant Database Archived May 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Leslie Taylor (2005). "The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs". Tropical Plants Database. 

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