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Useful Tropical Plants

Barleria lupulina

Lindl.

Acanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Barleria macrostachya Bojer

Barleria monostachya Bojer ex Bouton

Barleria norbertii Benoist

Dicliptera spinosa Lodd. ex Nees

Common Name:

Barleria lupulina
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Dinesh Valke
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General Information

Barleria lupulina is a much-branched, erect, evergreen shrub with axillary spines; it can grow up to 150cm tall[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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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.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Mauritius.

Habitat

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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Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a position in full sun or partial shade and a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[
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Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
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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[
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Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
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Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
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Description
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]. 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[
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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

None known

Medicinal

The leaves and roots are chewed to bring relief from toothache[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The leaves are antiinflammatory. A poultice is put on the bites of insects, snakes or dogs[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Title
Flowers of India
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Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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Year
0
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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.
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The roots are applied topically as an antiinflammatory to bring relief from centipede bites[
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Title
Flowers of India
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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.
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Agroforestry Uses:

The plant responds well to trimming and can be grown as a hedge

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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