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Miscellaneous Uses

The inner bark was used by fishermen for stringing fish and by Indians for repairing fish nets and garments (Lloyd and Lloyd, 1884). Extracts of the seeds contain the alkaloid asiminine, which is reported to be emetic (Vines, 1960). The bark contains the alkaloid analobine and was once used as a medicine (Vines, 1960). A more recent development with exciting potential is the discovery of another alkaloid, asimicin, which has pesticidal properties (Rupprecht et al., 1982). The highest concentrations of this compound are found in the bark.