Scientific name: forficata bauhinia
Origin: Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia.
popular names: cow's hoof; cow's claw.
Natural occurrence: widely distributed in tropical and subtropical forests.
Features: Bauhinia forficata is commonly known as “pata-de-vaca” due to the shape of its leaves, which are composed of two leaflets joined at the base.
Usage: its wood is used in the production of paper, firewood and carpentry, and its leaves as animal food. Its leaves and stem are used in folk medicine to treat different types of pathologies, especially diabetes, infections, pain and inflammatory processes.