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Useful Tropical Plants

Burasaia madagascariensis

DC.

Menispermaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Burasaia madagascariensis
Fruits of A: This species; B: Burasaia congesta; C: Burasaia madagascariensis X B. congesta??
Photograph by: George E. Schatz
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General Information

Burasaia madagascariensis is a shrub growing up to 4 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and dye.

Known Hazards

The alkaloids of the wood may be injurious to wood-workers[
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The sap from the wood is irritant to the skin[
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Botanical References


Range

Africa - eastern Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros.

Habitat

An adaptable species, occurring in humid, intermediate and dry forest, from coastal sand dunes up to elevations of 1,600 metres[
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Properties

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HabitShrub
Height3.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit[
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The bitter leaves and stem bark are added to alcoholic beverages drunk during circumcision ceremonies[
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Medicinal

A tea prepared from the roots is one of the oldest medicines against malaria in Madagascar, and is also used to treat enlarged spleen and hepatic affections[
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A decoction of the root bark is taken as a cholagogue against nausea and retching[
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A leaf decoction is drunk against fever and gonorrhoea[
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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 root decoction has been shown to have a slow-action antimalarial effect in humans. It causes a contraction of the spleen and is believed to force the Plasmodium parasites to stay in the bloodstream, where they can be controlled by smaller doses of chloroquine or quinine[
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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 root yields a bright yellow dye[
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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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Propagation

Seed -
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