Philippines’ Most Essential Medicinal Trees: Caballero

Caballero is a beautiful flowering plant native to the Philippines and other tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

CABALLERO (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)


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Caballero is one of the most beautiful flowering trees in the world. It has a beautiful inflorescence in yellow, red and orange and can be used to attract hummingbirds. This tree with great medicinal value can grow up to 5 meters high or more. It is also a popular and striking ornamental plant usually grown in public gardens and private yards.

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This herbal plant is also known commonly by a variety of names such as Dwarf Poinciana, Flamboyan-de-jardin, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Peacock Flower, Poinciana, Pride of Barbados and Red Bird of Paradise.

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Medicinal Benefits:

  • The juice from the leaves is used to cure fever.
  • Fresh leaves of Caballero are applied externally to relieve rheumatism
  • The juice from the flower is used to cure sores.
  • Leaves can be heated and applied externally to treat stomach pains.
  • A decoction from the crushed seeds is used as an emetic and used to cure dysentery.
  • The seeds are also used to cure bad cough, breathing difficulty, and chest pain.
  • The roots are diuretic and useful in cases of stone formation in the bladder.
  • The juice of the stem and roasted fruit are used for eye diseases.
  • Four grams from the root is also said to induce abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • The finely powdered leaves are given as uterine tonic to women immediately after giving birth.

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See also


Philippines’ Most Important Medicinal Trees: Bignai


Philippines’ Most Significant Medicinal Trees: Banaba


Philippines’ Most Remarkable Medicinal Trees: Agoho


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  1. A nice share buddy

  2. An interesting medicinal plant I knew since childhood.

  3. Beauty & medicinal.. Wow!!!

  4. The tree and its flower are beautiful.

  5. That sounds like a very useful plant with all its medicinal properties. Thanks for the information.


  6. Thanks!

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