Barleria macrostachya Bojer
Barleria monostachya Bojer ex Bouton
Barleria norbertii Benoist
Dicliptera spinosa Lodd. ex Nees
Barleria lupulina is a much-branched, erect, evergreen shrub with axillary spines; it can grow up to 150cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is often grown as an ornamental, usually as a flowering hedge plant.
Africa - Mauritius.
Naturalized and persistent in many areas of the tropics, where it grows in open woodland habitats, along watercourses, roadsides and in disturbed areas[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a position in full sun or partial shade and a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[
The plant is commonly grown as an ornamental in gardens and has frequently escaped, becoming naturalized and persistent in open woodland habitats, along watercourses, roadsides and in disturbed areas[
]. The seed is spread short distances when capsules rupture, and also by water. The plant is also spread by humans as ornamental plantings and in discarded garden refuse where stems can easily form roots and become established[
The leaves and roots are chewed to bring relief from toothache[
The leaves are antiinflammatory. A poultice is put on the bites of insects, snakes or dogs[
The roots are applied topically as an antiinflammatory to bring relief from centipede bites[
The plant responds well to trimming and can be grown as a hedge
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