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Useful Tropical Plants

Gnetum latifolium

Blume

Gnetaceae

+ Synonyms

Gnemon latifolia (Blume) Kuntze

Gnetum funiculare Blume

Gnetum kingianum Gamble

Gnetum laxifrutescens Elmer

Gnetum macropodum Kurz

Gnetum minus Foxw.

Gnetum philippinense Warb.

Thoa pendula Blanco

Common Name:

Gnetum latifolium
Male flowers
Photograph by: Vinayaraj
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General Information

Gnetum latifolium is a very variable, evergreen, large climbing plant[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Flora Malesiana Series 1
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Various
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http://www.archive.org
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Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
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A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
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The plant is the source of an excellent fibre and also food, both of which are harvested from the wild for local use. It is sometimes cultivated as a food plant.
The major threat to this species is habitat loss. It is restricted to moist tropical/subtropical lowland and lower montane forests of SE Asia - most of the ecoregions with this habitat type are listed as threatened and very often they are critical/endangered. However, this species is still relatively common and so it is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
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Various
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http://www.archive.org
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Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
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0
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Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet

Range

E. Asia - northeast India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea

Habitat

Rainforests at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
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]. Mostly found in well drained primary and secondary forest on hill ridges and slopes; also in peat swamp and riverine forests; it is recorded to climb on Ficus and Shorea albida trees[
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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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
Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details


Species in this genus usually prefer a position in light to deep shade, growing best in a moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil[
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Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
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Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
]. Plants have been found in the wild growing on yellow clayish soils, sandy soil of volcanic tuff, and on dark brown soils[
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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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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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
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Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
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Edible Uses

Seeds are eaten roasted or cooked[
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]. The seedcoat must be removed since this has irritant hairs[
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Young leaves - cooked and used as a vegetable[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The fibre of the inner bark is used for twisting thread, string and cordage[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. Of excellent quality, it is strong and durable in seawater[
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Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Propagation

Seed -
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