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Useful Tropical Plants

Gymnema inodorum

(Lour.) Decne.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Cynanchum inodorum Lour.

Gymnema syringifolium (Decne.) Boerl.

Gymnema tingens Roxb. ex Spreng.

Parsonsia inodora (Lour.) M.R.Almeida & S.M.Almeida

Common Name:

Gymnema inodorum
Drawing of a flowering and fruiting stem
Photograph by: Blanco, M., Flora de Filipinas, t. 402 (1875)
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Gymnema inodorum Gymnema inodorum

General Information

Gymnema inodorum is a climbing plant with slender but vigorous woody stems that can be up to 25 metres long[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of dye.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines.

Habitat

Locally common in thickets and secondary forest[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. Bushland and open woods[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

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HabitClimber
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked. We have yet to find a record confirming this entry - it is based on the attached photograph of a North Thailand curry. The photograph could, of course, be a misidentification[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

All parts of the plant are used for the treatment of infantile paralysis and pulmonary tuberculosis[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Other Uses

A blue or greenish-blue dye is obtained from the leaves[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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