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Useful Tropical Plants

Aneilema beniniense

(P.Beauv.) Kunth

Commelinaceae

+ Synonyms

Aneilema mortehanii De Wild.

Commelina beniniensis P.Beauv.

Lamprodithyros beniniensis (P.Beauv.) Hassk.

Common Name:

Aneilema beniniense
Close-up of the flowers
Photograph by: Cyrille Mas
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General Information

Aneilema beninensis is a robust straggling herb that can grow 60 - 90cm tall, producing fibrous roots from the lower nodes[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use in traditional medicine[
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

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Senegal to Ethiopia, south to Angola, Zambia and Tanzania.

Habitat

An abundant weedy plant of disturbed ground; openings in moist semi-deciduous forest; forest farms, roadsides; occasionally fringing woodland; along watercourses in savannah; primary rain-forest, especially in wet areas around swamps[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.75 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The flowers open at about 7am, closing around noon.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the plant is used as a laxative for children[
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.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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