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Useful Tropical Plants

Ehretia obtusifolia

Hochst. ex A.DC.

Boraginaceae

+ Synonyms

Ehretia braunii Vatke

Ehretia coerulea glandulosa Seuss.

Ehretia fischeri G├╝rke

Ehretia mossambicensis Klotzsch

Ehretia obovata R.Br. ex A.DC.

Common Name:

Ehretia obtusifolia
Flowering branches
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Ehretia obtusifolia Ehretia obtusifolia

General Information

Ehretia obtusifolia is a deciduous shrub or much-branched tree usually growing up to 4.5 metres tall, occasionally to 10 metres[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
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500
Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Ethiopia and Somalia, south through eastern Africa to Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, S. Africa, Madagascar; E Asia to India

Habitat

Woodlands, thickets, granite hills, very often on termite mounds, at elevations from 150 - 1,500 metres[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

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Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Shrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit[
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Title
Flora of Somalia
Publication
 
Author
Thulin M. (Editor)
Publisher
Kew Publishing, London.
Year
1993
ISBN
 
Description
Detailed information on the plants of the region, often adding notes on the plants uses.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are used as an infusion to treat sore throat and are rubbed on the gums of infants suffering from teething pains[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

The powdered root is added to porridge to treat painful menstruation and infertility in women and an infusion of the roots is taken against retained placenta[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. A decoction of the roots is taken as a painkiller, specifically against abdominal pain[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Other Uses

The wood is used to make pestles for pounding grain[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The wood is used for fuel[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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