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Useful Tropical Plants

Euphorbia bracteata

Jacq.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Diadenaria articulate Klotzsch & Garcke

Diadenaria involucrate Klotzsch & Garcke

Diadenaria pavonis Klotzsch & Garcke

Pedilanthus articulates (Klotzsch & Garcke) Boiss.

Pedilanthus bracteatus (Jacq.) Boiss.

Pedilanthus greggii Millsp.

Pedilanthus involucratus (Klotzsch & Garcke) Boiss.

Pedilanthus olsson-sefferi Millsp.

Pedilanthus pavonis (Klotzsch & Garcke) Boiss.

Pedilanthus rubescens Brandegee

Pedilanthus spectabilis Rob.

Tithymalodes articulatum (Klotzsch & Garcke) Kuntze

Tithymalodes bracteatum (Jacq.) Kuntze

Tithymalodes involucratum (Klotzsch & Garcke) Kuntze

Tithymalodes pavonis (Klotzsch & Garcke) Kuntze

Tithymalus aztecus Croizat

Tithymalus bracteatus (Jacq.) Haw.

Tithymalus eochlorus Croizat

Tithymalus greggii (Millsp.) Croizat

Tithymalus olsson-sefferi (Millsp.) Croizat

Tithymalus spectabilis (Rob.) Croizat

Tithymalus subpavonianus Croizat

Ventenatia bracteata (Jacq.) Tratt.

Common Name: Slipper Plant

Euphorbia bracteata
Flower
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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General Information

Slipper plant is a succulent shrub growing about 2.5 metres tall and branching from the base.
The plant is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use and as the source of a wax.

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
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Botanical References


Range

Central America - Mexico.

Habitat

Dry deciduous woodlands.

Properties

Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of low elevations in the tropics and subtropics. It can tolerate occasional short-lived frosts down to about -3°c.
Requires a position in full sun. Requires a well-drained soil. Established plants are drought tolerant.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is reputed to have purgative, emetic, emmenagogue, and antisyphilitic properties[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

The plant is the source of a candelilla wax, which is used in the same way as carnauba wax (obtained from Copernicia cerifera)[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].
Carnauba was is very hard and has a high melting point[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is used to make various high quality polishes and varnishes, phonographic records, candles etc[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
297
Title
Palms of the World
Publication
 
Author
Blombery. A. & Rodd. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson
Year
1992
ISBN
0-207-14848-1
Description
An excellent guide, well illustrated, with information on cultivation, uses, habitat etc of almost 200 species of Palms.
].

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[
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.
].
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