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Useful Tropical Plants

Acanthus ebracteatus

Vahl

Acanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Acanthus xiamenensis R.T.Zhang.

Acanthus ilicifolius Lour.

Dilivaria ebracteata (Vahl) Pers.

Common Name: Sea Holly

Acanthus ebracteatus
Flowering Stem
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Acanthus ebracteatus Acanthus ebracteatus

General Information

Acanthus ebracteatus 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.
].

Two or three seeds are given to children as an anthelmintic[
1578
Title
Medicinal Plants of East and Southeast Asia; Attributed Properties and Uses
Publication
 
Author
Perry L.M. & Metzger J.
Publisher
MIT Press; Cambridge, Massachussetts
Year
1980
ISBN
0-262-16076-5
Description
A monumental work, detailing the traditional medicinal uses of plants from the region
]. Crushed and roasted, they are used as a depurative by people with boils[
1578
Title
Medicinal Plants of East and Southeast Asia; Attributed Properties and Uses
Publication
 
Author
Perry L.M. & Metzger J.
Publisher
MIT Press; Cambridge, Massachussetts
Year
1980
ISBN
0-262-16076-5
Description
A monumental work, detailing the traditional medicinal uses of plants from the region
]. The seeds are an ingredient in a preparation drunk as a cold remedy[
1578
Title
Medicinal Plants of East and Southeast Asia; Attributed Properties and Uses
Publication
 
Author
Perry L.M. & Metzger J.
Publisher
MIT Press; Cambridge, Massachussetts
Year
1980
ISBN
0-262-16076-5
Description
A monumental work, detailing the traditional medicinal uses of plants from the region
].
The seeds are crushed and used as a poultice on boils[
1578
Title
Medicinal Plants of East and Southeast Asia; Attributed Properties and Uses
Publication
 
Author
Perry L.M. & Metzger J.
Publisher
MIT Press; Cambridge, Massachussetts
Year
1980
ISBN
0-262-16076-5
Description
A monumental work, detailing the traditional medicinal uses of plants from the region
].

The roots are an ingredient in a decoction that is drunk as a treatment for shingles[
1578
Title
Medicinal Plants of East and Southeast Asia; Attributed Properties and Uses
Publication
 
Author
Perry L.M. & Metzger J.
Publisher
MIT Press; Cambridge, Massachussetts
Year
1980
ISBN
0-262-16076-5
Description
A monumental work, detailing the traditional medicinal uses of plants from the region
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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