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Useful Tropical Plants

Conostegia icosandra

(Sw. ex Wikstr.) Urb.

Melastomataceae

+ Synonyms

Conostegia bernoulliana Cogn.

Conostegia lundellii Gleason

Conostegia mexicana Cogn.

Conostegia sphaerica Triana

Conostegia subhirsuta DC.

Melastoma icosandrum Sw. ex Wikstr.

Common Name:

Conostegia icosandra
Flowering stems
Photograph by: Reinaldo Aguilar
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General Information

Conostegia icosandra is usually a shrub growing 2 - 3 metres tall, though occasionally it can attain the dimensions of a tree up to 12 metres tall[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Colombia and Venezuela, through Central America to Mexico. Caribbean - Trinidad, Leeward and Windward Islands.

Habitat

Moist or wet thickets or mixed forest, often in secondary growths, at elevations up to 2,500 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A variable species[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Edible Uses

Fruit[
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 small berry[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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