Aniba canellila (Kunth) Mez.

  • Lidiam Maia Leandro
  • Paula Cristina Souza Barbosa
  • Simone Braga Carneiro
  • Larissa Silveira Moreira Wiedemann
  • Valdir Florêncio da Veiga-Junior
Part of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World book series (MAPW, volume 5)


Aniba canellila (Kunth) Mez. known as “casca-preciosa” (precious wood) is an important and historical species in the Amazon region. It is a large tree endemic to South America. It is a medicinal plant used in the Amazon traditional folk medicine. Monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and benzenoids are classes of compounds present in the essentials oils of A. canellila. Of special interest is 1-nitro-2-phenylethane, the major constituent, with cardiovascular, fungistatic, cytotoxicity and antileishmanial activities. Methyl-eugenol, another important constituent, presents antispasmodic, hypotensive, anesthetic, cytotoxic, and genotoxic activities. The information summarized in this chapter intends to serve as a reference tool to chemistry and biological activities of the essential oil obtained from A. canellila.


1-nitro-2-phenylethane Methyleugenol Precious bark Stick-precious False cinnamon 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lidiam Maia Leandro
    • 1
  • Paula Cristina Souza Barbosa
    • 1
  • Simone Braga Carneiro
    • 1
  • Larissa Silveira Moreira Wiedemann
    • 1
  • Valdir Florêncio da Veiga-Junior
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemistry DepartmentInstitute of Exact Sciences, Amazonas Federal UniversityManausBrazil

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