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Useful Tropical Plants

Hedyotis philippensis

(Willd. ex Spreng.) Merr. ex C.B.Rob.

Rubiaceae


Hedyotis is a very problematic genus or group of genera. Neither the overall identity and limits of this lineage, nor the evolutionary patterns within it, are at all understood or delineated. Widely differing treatments have long been used in different regions and floras. The situation is far from resolution or even general consensus, and so many authors treat the genus very broadly[
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.
]. In line with several recent (up to 2013) molecular and phylogenic studies, the Kew ‘World Checklist of Selected Plant Families’ has recognised a number of distinct genera and this is the treatment we are adopting here[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
To complicate matters further, various authors have treated this species either as a synonym of Exallage costata (Roxb.) Bremek. (native from the Himalayas to west Malesia), or as a synonym of Hedyotis prostrata Blume (native from Indo-China to west Malesia)[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Exallage philippensis (Willd. ex Spreng.) Bremek.

Spermacoce philippensis Willd. ex Spreng.

Common Name:

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General Information

Hedyotis philippensis is an open-branched, spreading, perennial plant with erect ot even clambering stems that bcome more or less woody. It can grow up to 120cm tall[
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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.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - southern China, Philippines.

Habitat

Open forest areas, along streams and seasonally boggy localities, usually on sandy soils; at low to medium elevations[
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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.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The plant is found in the wild on sandy soils[
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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.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots are stomachic. A decoction is used in the treatment of dysentery, colic and stomach aches[
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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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A decoction of the root is used externally as a wash for listless children[
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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.
]. The root is used as a poultice, specifically on scalds, and generally on any painful part of the body[
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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.
].

The aerial parts of the plant are eaten with a bitter gourd (Momordica sp.) after childbirth[
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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.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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