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Useful Tropical Plants

Euphorbia boivinii

Boiss.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Euphorbia boivinii
Close-up of the male flowers
Photograph by: Sven Buerki
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Euphorbia boivinii Euphorbia boivinii

General Information

Euphorbia boivinii is a shrub or a tree.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Although severly fragmented and declining in places (at least one variety is considered threatened), the species still has a very wide extent of occurrence with a large population. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
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Known Hazards

Although we have seen no specific information for this plant, the latex in most, if not all Euphorbias is caustic and toxic - skin contact often causing irritation and blistering; contact with the eyes causing temporary or even permanent blindness; whilst ingestion can cause purging or more severe problems[
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Title
Plants for a Future
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Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Botanical References


Range

Africa - east and west Madagascar.

Habitat

Moist lowland forest at elevations below 500 metres[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A root decoction is used to treat stomach-ache and lumbago[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings root easily. They need to be stored in light shade for a few days to dry before being planted, or else they will rot. It is best to plant the cuttings when the rain is about to stop, in a well-drained soil[
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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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Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2020-09-20. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Euphorbia+boivinii>

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