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Useful Tropical Plants

Bertiera spicata

(C.F.Gaertn.) K.Schum.

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Bertiera africana Rich.

Bertiera pomatium Benth.

Genipa labiata Smeathman ex DC.

Pomatium spicatum C.F.Gaertn.

Wendlandia pilosa G.Don

Common Name:

Bertiera spicata
Leaves
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
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General Information

Bertiera spicata is a shrub growing up to 5 metres tall. The branches are clothed with long, spreading hairs[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a dye.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - Senegal to Central African Republic.

Habitat

Understorey of swamp, gallery and mangrove forests, often near the coast, sometimes also in secondary vegetation and along roadsides[
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A yellow dye obtained from the bark is used to colour cotton[
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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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