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Useful Tropical Plants

Duboisia hopwoodii

(F.Muell.) F.Muell.

Solanaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Pituri

Duboisia hopwoodii
Close-up of the flowers
Photograph by: Kevin Thiele
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General Information

Pituri is a small, wispy shrub growing up from 0.8 - 4 metres tall.
Commonly used as a stimulant and medicinal herb by the Aborigines of Australia, the plant is cultivated in Australia for the industrial-scale extraction of alkaloids[
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Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
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Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
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Known Hazards

An infusion of the leaves is toxic to rats, dogs, cats, and frogs and, in larger quantities, to humans[
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Ecocrop
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http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/home
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Basic information on a wide range of useful plants, plus details of environmental needs where available.
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Botanical References

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Flora of New South Wales
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http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
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An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.

Range

Australia - New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

Habitat

Arid regions on yellow or red sand, sandy loam, on plains, low dunes & rises[
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Florabase
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https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/
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An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
]. Arid regions on red sand in mallee and woodland communities[
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Flora of New South Wales
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http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
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An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
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Properties

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HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Mainly found in the subtropics, but just extending into tropical areas.

Edible Uses

On the basis of its high nicotine content, chewed by the Australian aborigines like tobacco ('pituri')[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Medicinal

The plant is a rich source of tropane alkaloids[
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Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
]. These alkaloids are used in the pharmaceutical industry for the production of a wide range of medicines including stimulants, antispasmodics and analgesics.

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-12-15. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Duboisia+hopwoodii>

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