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Useful Tropical Plants

Haplophyton cimicidum

A.DC.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Echites cimicidus Pav. ex A.DC

Echites cimicidus Pav. ex Sessé & Moç.

Echites cinereus A.Rich.

Haplophyton cinereum (A.Rich.) Woodson

Haplophyton crooksii (L.D.Benson) L.D.Benson

Rhodocalyx cinereus (A.Rich.) Miers

Common Name: Hierba de la Cucaracha

Haplophyton cimicidum
Flowering plant in native habitat
Photograph by: Anthony Mendoza
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Haplophyton cimicidum Haplophyton cimicidum

General Information

Hierba de la Cucaracha is a perennial plant producing shoots up to 50cm tall from a woody rootstock[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
The plant is often gathered from the wild and used locally as an insecticide and parasiticide[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

Central America - Guatemala north to southwestern N. America in Arizona.

Habitat

Moist or dry thickets, often in fence rows, at elevations of 200 - 1,300 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Succeeds in subtropical to tropical climates.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The plant has insecticidal properties[
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.
]. Cornmeal, soaked in a decoction of the plant, kills cockroaches and human parasites[
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.
].
This plant has a long history of use in Mexico as an insecticide, the roots being employed for killing flies, lice, fleas, cockroaches, and other insects[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Propagation

Seed -

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