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Useful Tropical Plants

Excoecaria bussei

(Pax) Pax

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Excoecaria sambesica Pax & K.Hoffm.

Sapium bussei Pax

Common Name:

Excoecaria bussei

General Information

Excoecaria bussei is a deciduous shrub or tree, sometimes multistemmed, with spreading branches and a dense, rounded crown; it can grow 2.5 - 6 metres tall with occasional specimens to 13 metres[
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African Flowering Plants Database
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http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

The plant sap is considered poisonous, and cattle do not browse the plant[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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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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Botanical References

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Flora Zambesiaca
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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.

Range

East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana.

Habitat

Deciduous woodland, bushland, wooded grassland; sometimes riverine or along rocky scarps; thicket; banks of seasonal watercourses in Baikiaea mutemwa; coastal dune forest and thicket; locally common; at elevations up to 1,300 metres[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height5.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Edible Uses

Sometimes the seeds are chewed; they are tasteless at first but later produce a peppery, burning sensation, which lasts a long time. Most people consider them poisonous[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Medicinal

A decoction of the root is emetic[
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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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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-09-15. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Excoecaria+bussei>

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