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Useful Tropical Plants

Fevillea cordifolia

L.

Cucurbitaceae

+ Synonyms

Fevillea punctata Poir.

Common Name: Antidote Vine

Fevillea cordifolia
Three fruits hanging on a vine
Photograph by: A. Gentry
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General Information

Antidote vine is a vigorous, perennial climbing plant, scrambling over the ground and climbing into other vegetation, where it secures itself by means of tendrils[
346
Title
Economic Plants in Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W.
Publisher
Government of Jamaica, Kingston.
Year
1891
ISBN
 
Description
A nice little guide giving a terse description and details of useful plants grown economically in Jamaica. Rather dated, so many of the names have been changed since then. Also available for download from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its oil-rich seed and for its medicinal applications. The species has been recommended as a commercial oil crop for tropical rain forests[
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.
].

Known Hazards

The seeds are used in a hunting poison[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Botanical References


Range

S. America to Central America, from northern Argentina to southern Mexico and the Caribbean.

Habitat

River banks and on the edges of tropical primary or secondary forests from sea level to 500 metres[
284
Title
Cucurbitaceae
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cucurbit.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site with a wide range of information and some excellent pictures of plants in this family.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial Climber
Height30.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The seed content, on a weight per fruit basis, is higher than for any other dicotyledon and is one of the highest recorded for any plant[
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.
].

Edible Uses

An edible oil is obtained from the seed[
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.
]. Pleasant tasting with an odour reminiscent of peanut oil[
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

Traditionally used in native medicine as a purgative and antidote to various poisons[
284
Title
Cucurbitaceae
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.cucurbit.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site with a wide range of information and some excellent pictures of plants in this family.
].

The seeds are antirheumatic. They are used as an antidote to manchineel poisoning and manioc poisoning[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].
The seeds have been used with success, in the form of an emulsion, for treating intermittent fever, and as a counterpoison[
346
Title
Economic Plants in Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W.
Publisher
Government of Jamaica, Kingston.
Year
1891
ISBN
 
Description
A nice little guide giving a terse description and details of useful plants grown economically in Jamaica. Rather dated, so many of the names have been changed since then. Also available for download from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

The seeds are a rich source of oil, which has been used to make candles[
346
Title
Economic Plants in Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W.
Publisher
Government of Jamaica, Kingston.
Year
1891
ISBN
 
Description
A nice little guide giving a terse description and details of useful plants grown economically in Jamaica. Rather dated, so many of the names have been changed since then. Also available for download from the Internet.
]. The oil can be used for painting the face to make it shiny before painting it over with annatto (Bixa orellana)[
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

A good torch can be made by stringing the dried seeds together on a thin stick then setting light to it[
346
Title
Economic Plants in Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W.
Publisher
Government of Jamaica, Kingston.
Year
1891
ISBN
 
Description
A nice little guide giving a terse description and details of useful plants grown economically in Jamaica. Rather dated, so many of the names have been changed since then. Also available for download from the Internet.
,
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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