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Useful Tropical Plants

Ammannia baccifera

L.

Lythraceae

+ Synonyms

Ammannia apiculata Koehne

Ammannia attenuata Hochst. ex A.Rich.

Ammannia auriculata subsessilis Boiss.

Ammannia crassissima Koehne

Ammannia debilis Aiton

Ammannia densiflora Miq. ex C.B.Clarke

Ammannia discolor Nakai

Ammannia glauca Wall. ex Wight & Arn.

Ammannia indica Lam.

Ammannia prostrata Buch.-Ham. ex Dillwyn

Ammannia retusa Koehne

Ammannia salicifolia Hiern

Ammannia verticillata Boiss.

Ammannia vescicatoria Roxb.

Ammannia viridis Willd. ex Hornem.

Celosia bicolor Blanco

Celosia nana Blanco

Cryptotheca apetala Blume

Hapalocarpum indicum Miq.

Hapalocarpum vesicatorium Miq.

Nesaea prostrata (Buch.-Ham. ex Dillwyn) Suresh

Common Name:

Ammannia baccifera
Stem
Photograph by: Dinesh Valke
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Ammannia baccifera Ammannia baccifera

General Information

Ammannia baccifera is an erect, many-branched, annual herb usually growing 10 - 50cm tall with occasional specimens to 100cm[
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.
].
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa, through Asia to India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines to Australia.

Habitat

Wet places and farmland in 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.
]. Open, damp, waste places in the Philippines[
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
]. A very variable species, found in rice fields and other wet places in Pakistan at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant is often found as a weed of cultivated land, especially wet sites such as rice fields[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Edible Uses

Young leaves - occasionally cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are irritant, rubefacient and vesicant[
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
]. The freshly bruised leaves are applied as a plaster to the skin in order to increase local blood supply in the treatment of skin diseases, wounds and swellings; and are also used as an external remedy for ringworms and parasitic skin infections[
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
,
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
]. The leaves or ashes of the plant, mixed with oil, are applied to herpetic eruptions[
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
,
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
].

The plant is used in the treatment of fevers, malaria, jaundice and to eliminate blood clots[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

The plant yields resin, glucose, and probably an active principle. Phytochemical screening yielded tannins, saponins, flavonoids, steroids, and alkaloids[
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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