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Useful Tropical Plants

Aloysia gratissima

(Gillies & Hook.) Tronc.

Verbenaceae

+ Synonyms

Aloysia chacoensis Moldenke

Aloysia floribunda M.Martens & Galeotti

Aloysia lycioides Cham.

Aloysia meyeri Moldenke

Aloysia schulziana Moldenke

Aloysia sellowii (Briq.) Moldenke

Lantana virgata LarraƱaga

Lippia affinis Briq.

Lippia gratissima (Gillies & Hook.) L.D.Benson

Lippia lycioides (Cham.) Steud.

Lippia sellowii Briq.

Verbena gratissima Gillies & Hook.

Verbena integerrima LarraƱaga

Common Name: Whitebrush

Aloysia gratissima
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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General Information

Whitebrush is an aromatic, evergreen shrub growing up to 3 metres tall.
The plant is occasionally gathered from the wild for local medicinal 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.
], and is cultivated in Argentina for stabilizing sand dunes[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southwest N. America - Arizona to Mexico. S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia

Habitat

Sandy desert soils.

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the warm temperate zone to the tropics, usually ascending to higher elevations above 1,400 metres in the tropics. The plant can tolerate some frost, though is more likely to be deciduous in such circumstances.
Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

An infusion of the flowers is used to treat catarrh and colds[
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.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is grown to stabilize sand dunes[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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