Cuphea ingrata is an erect, evergreen perennial plant with stems that become more or less woody and persist.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
S, America - Paraguay, Uruguay, southern Brazil
Scrubland, fields and cultivated places.
|Pollinators||Insects, Humming birds
Species in this genus generally prefer a position in full sun, but are tolerant of partial shade. They generally grow best in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils[
The seed of Cuphea species is generally a good source of medium length fatty acids, which have a range of industrial and cosmetic applications and can also be used in foods[
]. Several species are being trialled as seed oil crops in temperate zone countries, though they are unlikely to become a commercial crop in the tropics simply because it is so much easier to grow oil crops such as palm oil (Elaeis species) and coconut (Cocos nucifera).
The aerial parts are used as an antipaludic, cardiotonic, antisyphilitic and diaphoretic[
We have no specific information for this species but, although rather small, the seed of Cuphea species is generally a good source of medium length fatty acids[
Industrial oils made from these fatty acids have a range of uses, including as a defoaming agent; a booster for soaps and detergents; and in health and beauty products[
]. They can also be used in foods, mostly as vegetable shortenings.
Seed - can be sown in situ[
]. Germination usually takes a few weeks because of the hard seed coat.
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