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Useful Tropical Plants

Acridocarpus excelsus

A.Juss.

Malpighiaceae

+ Synonyms

Anomalopterys excelsa (A.Juss.) Kuntze

Banisteria arborea Bojer ex A.Juss.

Common Name:

Acridocarpus excelsus
Flowering branch
Photograph by: Rockiman Letsara
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General Information

Acridocarpus excelsus is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing up to 15 metres tall.
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild as a local source of dyestuff and medicines.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Madagascar.

Habitat

Humid littoral forest to dry deciduous forest and thickets, where it is usually found on dry, rocky and sandy soils, at elevations from sea-level up to 1,250 metres[
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Properties

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HabitTree
Height12.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The plant is usually found on dry, rocky and sandy soils[ in the wild[
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The tree is somewhat resistant to bush and forest fires[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The bark is rich in tannins and is astringent[
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]. A decoction is used as a treatment against diarrhoea and dysentery[
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Other Uses

The bark is rich in tannins[
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A deep red dye can be obtained from the bark[
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]. The bark can be used fresh or dried; it is pounded and then boiled for 2 - 3 hours. The resultant decoction can be used to dye fibres deep red by simple immersion[
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]. The fibres can also be mordanted afterwards by steeping them in a solution of tamarind (Tamarindus indica) ash, which produces a fast red-brown[
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Propagation

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