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- n. small tree of Ecuador and Peru having very large glossy leaves and large panicles of fragrant pink flowers; cultivated for its medicinal bark
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In the seventeenth century, as I have already told you, the remarkable discovery was made that the bark of the cinchona tree was a specific.
Here is the home of the cinchona tree, here orchids bloom among the tall trunks, and here whole woods are entangled in a network of lianas.
Quinine is an anti-malarial drug that comes from the bark of the cinchona tree.
Curare comes from a tropical vine and quinine from the cinchona tree.