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Barbasco, common name for an evergreen tree, native to South America. Barbasco is also called the mata-pisk tree. It has long been used as a fish poison by the indigenous peoples of the region. Branches, leaves, or berries from the barbasco tree are tossed into a small lake or pond. The poison, which does not affect humans, anesthetizes the fish and they float to the surface, where they can be gathered easily.

"`Scientific classification:"` The barbasco

"`Scientific classification:"` The barbasco is a member of the family Theophrastaceae. It is classified as "Jacquinia barbasco".

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