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Useful Tropical Plants

Acmella alba

(L'Hér.) R.K.Jansen

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Ceratocephalus salivaria (Murray) Kuntze

Spilanthes alba L'Hér.

Spilanthes iolepis A.H.Moore

Spilanthes salivaria Murray

Common Name:

Acmella alba

General Information

Acmella alba is an erect, branched, herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 70cm tall, sometimes rooting at the lower nodes[
457
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 62
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains the Asclepiadaceae section of the Flora of Panama.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

457
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 62
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains the Asclepiadaceae section of the Flora of Panama.

Range

S. America - ?Brazil, Peru, Ecuador; C. America - Panama to El Salvador.

Habitat

Open river banks[
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. A weed of moist places[
457
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 62
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains the Asclepiadaceae section of the Flora of Panama.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.60 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The plant appears to have some toleance to salt in the soil[
457
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 62
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains the Asclepiadaceae section of the Flora of Panama.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The flower head is placed in the cavity of the decayed tooth as a means of relieving toothache[
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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