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Useful Tropical Plants

Ceratostema alatum

(Hoerold) Sleumer

Ericaceae

+ Synonyms

Englerodoxa alata Hoerold

Common Name:

Ceratostema alatum
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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Ceratostema alatum Ceratostema alatum

General Information

Ceratostema alatum is a low-growing shrub usually around 1 - 1.5 metres tall with occasional specimens up to 3 metres[
376
Title
Neotropical Blueberries - The Plant Family Ericaceae
Publication
 
Author
Luteyn. J.L. & Pedraza-Peñalosa. P.
Website
http://www.nybg.org/bsci/res/lut2/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive on-line guide to the Ericaceae of tropical America, giving full botanical descriptions, often with details of plant uses.
]. Occasionally the plant is found growing as an epiphyte[
376
Title
Neotropical Blueberries - The Plant Family Ericaceae
Publication
 
Author
Luteyn. J.L. & Pedraza-Peñalosa. P.
Website
http://www.nybg.org/bsci/res/lut2/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive on-line guide to the Ericaceae of tropical America, giving full botanical descriptions, often with details of plant uses.
].
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for its edible fruit and medicinal virtues.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

376
Title
Neotropical Blueberries - The Plant Family Ericaceae
Publication
 
Author
Luteyn. J.L. & Pedraza-Peñalosa. P.
Website
http://www.nybg.org/bsci/res/lut2/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive on-line guide to the Ericaceae of tropical America, giving full botanical descriptions, often with details of plant uses.

Range

Northern S. America - Colombia, Ecuador.

Habitat

Páramo vegetation (the band between the tree line and the snow line, comprising mainly tussock grasses, dwarf shrubs, cushion plants etc) at elevations of 2,800 - 3,950 metres[
376
Title
Neotropical Blueberries - The Plant Family Ericaceae
Publication
 
Author
Luteyn. J.L. & Pedraza-Peñalosa. P.
Website
http://www.nybg.org/bsci/res/lut2/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive on-line guide to the Ericaceae of tropical America, giving full botanical descriptions, often with details of plant uses.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *
HabitShrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of high elevations in the tropics, experiencing strong, desiccating winds, frosts and snow.

Edible Uses

Fruit - slightly sweet[
376
Title
Neotropical Blueberries - The Plant Family Ericaceae
Publication
 
Author
Luteyn. J.L. & Pedraza-Peñalosa. P.
Website
http://www.nybg.org/bsci/res/lut2/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive on-line guide to the Ericaceae of tropical America, giving full botanical descriptions, often with details of plant uses.
]. The soft, juicy fruit has the flavour of a pear[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The fruit is a dull reddish, oblate-spheroid berry up to 1.5 cm long and 2 cm diameter[
376
Title
Neotropical Blueberries - The Plant Family Ericaceae
Publication
 
Author
Luteyn. J.L. & Pedraza-Peñalosa. P.
Website
http://www.nybg.org/bsci/res/lut2/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive on-line guide to the Ericaceae of tropical America, giving full botanical descriptions, often with details of plant uses.
].

Medicinal

A decoction of the plant is drunk for the nerves[
376
Title
Neotropical Blueberries - The Plant Family Ericaceae
Publication
 
Author
Luteyn. J.L. & Pedraza-Peñalosa. P.
Website
http://www.nybg.org/bsci/res/lut2/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very comprehensive on-line guide to the Ericaceae of tropical America, giving full botanical descriptions, often with details of plant uses.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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