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Useful Tropical Plants

Baissea leonensis

Benth.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Baissea alborosea Gilg & Stapf

Baissea brachyantha Stapf

Baissea dichotoma Stapf

Baissea elliptica Stapf

Baissea giorgii De Wild.

Baissea likimiensis De Wild.

Baissea odorata K.Schum. ex Stapf

Baissea ogowensis Hua

Baissea tenuiloba Stapf

Baissea uropetala (K.Schum.) Hua

Guerkea uropetala K.Schum.

Common Name:

Baissea leonensis

General Information

Baissea leonensis is usually a climbing shrub producing stems up to 40 metres tall that twine into the surrounding vegetation for support, though the plant is sometimes more shrub-like and only 3 - 8 metres tall. The stems can be up to 15cm in diameter[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of tying material.

Known Hazards

The latex is dropped in water to stupefy fish[
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Title
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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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Botanical References

610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.

Range

Tropical Africa - Senegal to Central African Republic and Uganda, south to Gabon and DR Congo.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The latex is applied to mumps[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Combined with the powdered bark of Zanthoxylum leprieurii, the latex is applied to tumours[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
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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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The leaves contain the coumarin glycoside baisseoside[
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Title
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http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
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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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Other Uses

The strong stems are used as ropes[
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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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Propagation

Seed -

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