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Useful Tropical Plants

Acnistus arborescens

(L.) Schltdl.

Solanaceae

+ Synonyms

Acnistus aggregatus (Ruiz & Pav.) Miers

Acnistus benthamii Miers

Acnistus campanulatus (Lam.) Merr.

Acnistus cauliflorus Schott

Acnistus cerasus Hieron. ex Seckt

Acnistus floccosus Werderm.

Acnistus floribundus (Kunth) G.Don

Acnistus geminifolius Dammer

Acnistus grandiflorus Miers

Acnistus guayaquilensis (Kunth) G.Don

Acnistus lehmannii Dammer

Acnistus macrophyllus (Benth.) Standl.

Acnistus miersii Dunal

Acnistus plumier Miers

Acnistus pringlei Fernald

Acnistus punctatus Ridl.

Acnistus ramiflorus Miers

Acnistus sideroxyloides (Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.) G.Don

Acnistus virgatus Griseb.

Atropa arborea Willd. ex Dunal

Atropa arborescens L.

Atropa arborescens Roem. & Schult.

Atropa sideroxyloides Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.

Atropa solanacea All. ex Steud.

Brachistus oblongifolius Miers

Brachistus physocalycius D.A.Sm.

Brachistus riparius (Kunth) Miers

Capsicum oblongifolium (Miers) Kuntze

Cestrum campanulatum Lam.

Cestrum cauliflorum Jacq.

Cestrum cauliflorum Sieber ex Bercht. & C.Presl

Cestrum kohauti Bercht. & J.Presl

Cestrum macrostemon Sessé & Moç.

Dunalia arborescens (L.) Sleumer

Dunalia campanulata (Lam.) J.F.Macbr.

Dunalia macrophylla (Benth.) Sleumer

Ephaiola odorata Raf.

Eplateia arborescens (L.) Raf.

Fregirardia riparia (Kunth) Dunal

Lycium aggregatum Ruiz & Pav.

Lycium arborescens (L.) Spreng.

Lycium grandifolium Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.

Lycium guayaquilense Kunth

Lycium macrophyllum Benth.

Lycium ovale Roem. & Schult.

Pederlea aggregata (Ruiz & Pav.) Raf.

Pederlea arborescens (L.) Raf.

Pederlea cestroides Raf.

Common Name:

Acnistus arborescens
Flowers and ripening fruits
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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General Information

Acnistus arborescens is a shrub or a small tree with corky-like bark, commonly growing 3 - 6 metres tall, exceptionally to 12 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
,
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].
The fruit is gathered from the wild for local use[
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.
].

Known Hazards

Although providing many well-known foods for people, including the potato, tomato, pepper and aubergine, most plants in the family Solanaceae also contain poisonous alkaloids. Unless there are specific entries with information on edible uses, it would be unwise to ingest any part of this plant[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

S. America - Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Costa Rica, Nicaragua, southern Mexico; Caribbean - West Indies.

Habitat

Damp or wet thickets at elevations around 1,360 metres in Guatemala[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. Submontane secondary thickets and clearings in Jamaica[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Plants can flower sporadically throughout the year[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Edible Uses

The fruits are made into jellies[
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.
]. The globose fruit is a pulpy, orange or yellow berry, 5 - 6 mm in diameter[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. The fruit can be up to 11mm in diameter[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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