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Table 2 Plants used for successful hunting (Doctrine of Signatures)

From: Medicinal and ethnoveterinary remedies of hunters in Trinidad

Scientific name Common name Useful plant quality Use
Araliaceae Dendropanax arboreus Fei jein   Combine with leaves of the plants below to bathe dogs "steam" to catch quenks
Araceae Monstera dubia Sei jein   Ditto
Monimiaceae Siparuma guianensis Dead man's bush   Ditto
Solanaceae Solanum species Devil pepper   Ditto
Araceae Syngonium podophyllum Matapal-kit   Combine with leaves of the plants above to bathe dogs "steam" to catch quenks
Cucurbitaceae Momordica charantia Caraaili Used to bathe dogs so that it will catch agouti  
Piperaceae Piper marginatum Agouti bush / Lani bois Plant used so the dogs will catch Agouti Leaves used to bathe dogs. Some hunters combine the lani bois with leaves of guatacare (Eschweilera subglandulosa Lecythidaceae)
Mimosaceae Pithecelobium unguis-cati Cat's claw The vine clings to any tree with "claws", therefore the dog will closely pursue Agouti 5 – 7 shoots of the whole vine are pounded and put into water and this is used to bathe the dog
Zingiberaceae Renealmia alpinia Mardi gras Berries on plant attract lice, which get trapped in the leaves and die. Dog will closely pursue the game Plant berries and leaves are used to bathe the dog
Poaceae Saccharum officinarum Sugar cane Deer eat these leaves Leaves are used to bathe dog so it will track deer
Orchidaceae Spiranthes acaulis Lappe bush Plant has markings similar to lappe so the dog will track lappe Vine is used to bathe the dog
Araceae Xanthosoma brasiliense, Xanthosoma undipes Hog tannia The leaf has needles similar to the bristle-like hairs on the back and neck of the wild hog/quenk. The quenks also eat these tubers. The root (or tannia) is ground and sprinkled on the dog's food
Haemodoraceae Xiphidium caeruleum Walk fast Ethnomedical belief is that use of the plant helps children walk Leaves used to keep dogs walking straight