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Table 1 Plants used for successful hunting (steaming, "crossed", dog's nose)

From: Medicinal and ethnoveterinary remedies of hunters in Trinidad

Scientific name Common name Use
Zingiberaceae Aframomum melegueta Guinea pepper Dry seeds are ground to a powder, and sprinkled on the dog's food
Aristolochiaceae Aristolochia rugosa Mat root Considered "hot". Used to bathe lazy dogs (also crossed dogs)
Solanaceae Capsicum frutescens Bird pepper Put juice of 2 small fruit in dog's nose so it can find trail or to improve its ability to follow a scent
Cecropiaceae Cecropia peltata Bois canĂ´t Dry leaf is put in water with red Physic nut (Jatropha gossypifolia). The water is left in the open for nine days until larvae are seen. The water is then used to bathe the dog
Euphorbiaceae Croton gossypifolius Blood bush/ Bois sang Bathe dog with leaves of bois sang and kojo root plant and mardi gras leaves and berries if the dog is not performing as well as in the past
Not yet identified Turpentine bush Bathe dogs with crushed leaves
Euphorbiaceae Jatropha curcas, Jatropha gossypifolia White/Red Physic Nut Three leaves each of white and red bushes are crushed and put into bath water. The water is then used to bathe the dog
Piperaceae Lepianthes peltata Sun bush Use crushed leaves to bathe dog for "cross"
Solanaceae Nicotiana tabacum Tobacco Cleans dog's nose to improve its ability to follow a scent
Piperaceae Ottonia ovata Pot bush Crush a piece of stem and leaves or roots and put it in the dog's nose or wash the dog's nose with decoction
Phytolaccaceae Petiveria alliacea Kojo root Bathe dogs with ground root so they are more alert
Euphorbiaceae Phyllanthus urinaria Seed under leaf Plant tops used to bathe dogs for "cross"
Piperaceae Piper hispidum Candle bush Leaves are used to bathe dogs
Asteraceae Vernonia scorpioides Ruckshun Bathe dogs with leaves so that they are more alert