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Useful Tropical Plants

Gnidia kraussiana

Meisn.

Thymelaeaceae

+ Synonyms

Gnidia hoepfneriana Gilg

Lasiosiphon hoepfnerianus (Vatke ex Gilg) H.Pearson

Lasiosiphon kraussianus (Meisn.) Burtt Davy

Lasiosiphon kraussii (Meisn.) Meisn.

Common Name:

Gnidia kraussiana
Flowering stem
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General Information

Gnidia kraussiana is a sub-shrub, sending up annual to perennial stems up to 3 metres tall from a woody, perennial rootstock[
328
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
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for medicinal use.

Known Hazards

The whole plant is poisonous - it has been used as a fish poison and also for criminal poisoning[
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.
].

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Guinea to Sudan and Kenya, south to S. Africa.

Habitat

Open grassland, commonly following recent burning; Brachystegia, Uapaca woodland; rocky banks; grassy savannah; open forest; top of hills; rocky, muddy, granitic, lateritic or quartz, sandy soil; at elevations of 400 - 2,140 metres[
328
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
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *
HabitPerennial
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Succeeds in tropical and subtropical areas.

A very variable species[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots of this species are used as a remedy for anorexia[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
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.
].

The leaves and the roots are used as a drastic purgative[
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.
].

Other Uses

The wood is sometimes used as a fuel, but only if there is nothing better available[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Propagation

Seed -
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