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Useful Tropical Plants

Artanema longifolium

(L.) Vatke

Linderniaceae

+ Synonyms

Achimenes sesamoides Vahl

Artanema cabrae De Wild. & T.Durand

Artanema longiflorum Wettst.

Artanema sesamoides (Vahl) Benth.

Columnea longifolia L.

Common Name:

Artanema longifolium
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
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General Information

Artanema longifolium is an erect, often branched, herbaceous perennial plant with hollow, slightly fleshy stems, growing up to 1 metre tall[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The leaves are harvested from the wild for local use as a food. The plant has decorative, deep red-purple flowers and seems to have potential as an attractive garden ornamental[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa, through tropical Asia to Papua New Guinea.

Habitat

Forest and scrub in water and wet places[
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Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
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Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
]. Forest and scrub vegetation, in humid and swampy localities; and is common along rice fields and watercourses, and in soggy grassland, at elevations up to 400 metres[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Title
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Medicinal

An aqueous extract of the plant is a component of Ayurvedic medicines used against inflammations of the skeleto-muscular system. It is also used against nausea[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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A decoction of the root is used in the treatment of rheumatism, diarrhoea, syphilis and ophthalmia[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
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The seeds are used as a cure for biliousness, to improve vitality and favour conception[
240
Title
Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Publication
 
Author
Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C.
Publisher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi.
Year
1986
ISBN
-
Description
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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