Indians believe that Samauma has magical powers to protect other trees and the inhabitants of the prlesa. Indigenous traditions say that Samauma is the seat of spirits that live in the forest. It is also popularly known as the "Tree of Life" or "Ladder of Heaven", which creates a connection between heaven and earth.
Samauma is considered by the Indians as a tree with magical power, protecting other trees and inhabitants of the forest. The Indians use the bark of this tree for its healing effects, especially headaches, diabetes, diarrhea, dysentery, skin inflammations, in addition to being a great diuretic.
Samaúma or Sumaúma (Ceiba pentranda) is a pantropically widespread species, its exact origin is uncertain. It is probably native to tropical America, from Mexico to northern Brazil, and has also been introduced to tropical Africa and Asia. Genus Ceiba includes about 17 species, most of them found in tropical America.
Its roots are called sapobemba. These roots are used in communication through the forest, which is done by striking into these structures. Some specimens reach a height of 70 m, they are among the largest trees in the world. This tree is able to transport water from the depths of the Amazon soil and bring it to enormous heights not only for its own supply, but also for sharing with other species.
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