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Useful Tropical Plants

Acanthus ebracteatus

Vahl

Acanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Acanthus xiamenensis R.T.Zhang.

Common Name: Sea Holly

Acanthus ebracteatus
Flowering Stem
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Acanthus ebracteatus Acanthus ebracteatus

General Information

Sea holly is a shrub growing about 1.5 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Indo-China, Indonesia.

Habitat

Marine areas, usually along the sea coast, in mangrove swamps or forests in southern China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the boiled leaves is used as a cough medicine in combination with the flowers of Averrhoa spp., cinnamon and sugar cane[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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