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Useful Tropical Plants

Capparis zeylanica

L.

Capparaceae

+ Synonyms

Capparis acuminata De Wild.

Capparis acuminata Roxb.

Capparis aeylanica Roxb.

Capparis aurantioides C.Presl

Capparis crassifolia Kurz

Capparis dealbata DC.

Capparis erythrodasys Miq.

Capparis hastigera Hance

Capparis horrida L.f.

Capparis latifolia Craib

Capparis linearis Blanco

Capparis myrioneura latifolia Hallier f.

Capparis nemorosa Blanco

Capparis polymorpha Kurz

Capparis quadriflora DC.

Capparis rufescens Turcz.

Capparis subhorrida Craib

Capparis swinhoii Hance

Capparis terniflora DC.

Capparis wightiana Wall.

Capparis xanthophylla Collett & Hemsl.

Common Name:

Capparis zeylanica
Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruit
Photograph by: Flora Malesiana, vol. 6(1): p. 72, fig. 5 (1960)
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General Information

Capparis zeylanica is an evergreen climbing shrub producing stems 2 - 5 metres long, occasionally to 10 metres[
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Flora Malesiana Series 1
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A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and occasionally as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
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Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
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Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet

Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines,

Habitat

Hedges, brushwood, savannahs, forest borders; at low to medium elevations, in areas with seasonal climatic conditions[
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of low elevations in the tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 700 metres in areas with a distinct seasonal climate[
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Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
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Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
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Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[
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Medicinal

The leaves are employed as a counter-irritant, and are made into a poultice for treating boils, swellings and haemorrhoids[
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Flowers of India
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http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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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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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
372
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Flowers of India
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http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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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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A decoction of the root-bark is used as a remedy for vomiting and to improve the appetite[
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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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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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