from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very poisonous plant of Caracas, belonging to the Apocynaceæ, and probably Malouetia nitida. The poison appears to be a simple narcotic, very similar to curari in its action.
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In the neighbourhood of the Apoure, in Venezuela, a poisonous shrub abounds -- the deadly guachamaca -- belonging to the family of Apocinese, or dog-bane.