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Useful Tropical Plants

Erechtites valerianifolius

(Link ex Spreng.) DC.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Cacalia prenanthoides Kunth

Cuatrecasanthus jelskii (Hieron.) H.Rob.

Erechtites prenanthoides (Kunth) Greenm. & Hieron.

Eremanthus jelskii Hieron.

Senecio valerianifolius Link ex Spreng.

Senecio valerianifolius Wolf

Common Name: Brazilian Fireweed

Erechtites valerianifolius
Flowers
Photograph by: Fagg, M.
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Brazilian fireweed is a stout, erect annual or short-lived perennial plant growing 1 - 2 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 flowering stems are sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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/

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; eastern Caribbean.

Habitat

Moist or wet thickets, pine-oak forest, or often as a weed in coffee plantations, at elevations from 1,200 - 2,500 metres in Guatemala[
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

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A native of tropical America, it is now widespread as a weed from Mexico to Argentina, it is also adventive as an aggressive weed in tropical Asia, the Pacific Islands, and northern Australia[
457
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 62
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains the Asclepiadaceae section of the Flora of Panama.
].

Edible Uses

Flowering tops - raw, or steamed and served with rice[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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