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For the plant species commonly known as Ipecacuanha, see Carapichea ipecacuanha

Ipecacuanha was a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae but is no longer recognized. It has been sunk into synonymy with Psychotria.

The name also refers to:

  • Ipecacuanha, a drug commonly referred to as ipecac, the dried root of Cephaelis ipecacuanha, a plant from Brazil. The ipecacuanha from that country is called annulated, to distinguish it from the striated kind from Peru. The active ingredients reside chiefly in the cortex. It contains a feeble alkaloid called ceretin. Its preparations are pills, powders, lozenges, and wine. In large doses it is an emetic; in smaller ones it is an expectorant and a restorative. It is considered a specific in dysentery. Made into an ointment, it is a counter-irritant.[1]
  • Ipecacuanha is used to refer to plants which produce this drug, which include the plant mentioned and others.[1]
  • Ipecacuanha, the name of the ship that is captained by a Davis in H.G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896).


  1. ^ a b Reynolds, Francis J., ed. (1921). "Ipecacuanha" . Collier's New Encyclopedia. New York: P. F. Collier & Son Company.

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