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Useful Tropical Plants

Helichrysum gymnocephalum

(DC.) Humbert

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Stenocline gymnocephala DC.

Stenocline incana Baker

Common Name:

Helichrysum gymnocephalum
Drawing of the leaves and flowers (Fig 13 - 16 only)
Photograph by: Flore de Madagascar et des Comores, vol. 189(2): Composées, p. 413 (1962) [M.J. Vesque]
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General Information

Helichrysum gymnocephalum is a shrub growing from 1 - 4 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

Africa - Madagascar.

Habitat

Rocky soils on mountains, usually with ericaceous plants; roadsides, denuded soils etc, at elevations from 800 - 2,000 metres[
455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, stimulant, stomachic and tonic[
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.
,
565
Title
Madagascar. An Environmental Profile.
Publication
 
Author
Jenkins M.D. (Editor)
Publisher
World Conservation Monitoring Centre; Cambridge.
Year
1987
ISBN
2-88032-607-9
Description
Contains a list of the Ethnobotanical uses of Madagascar plants.
]. It is used in the treatment of amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, angina, blennorrhagia, galactorrhoea, goitre, headaches, herpes, rickets and ulcers[
565
Title
Madagascar. An Environmental Profile.
Publication
 
Author
Jenkins M.D. (Editor)
Publisher
World Conservation Monitoring Centre; Cambridge.
Year
1987
ISBN
2-88032-607-9
Description
Contains a list of the Ethnobotanical uses of Madagascar plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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