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Useful Tropical Plants

Helinus integrifolius

(Lam.) Kuntze

Rhamnaceae

+ Synonyms

Gouania integrifolia Lam.

Helinus ovatus E.Mey. ex Sond.

Helinus scandens (Eckl. & Zeyh.) A.Rich.

Willemetia scandens Eckl. & Zeyh.

Common Name:

Helinus integrifolius
Leaves
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General Information

Helinus integrifolius is a much-branched shrub or climbing plant producing stems from 0.5 - 6 metres or more tall. The stems climb into other plants for support, supporting themselves by means of tendrils and forming dense, entangled mats of growth[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
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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.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of soap.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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0
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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.

Range

Africa - drier areas in Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, S. Africa.

Habitat

Thickets; forest margins; dry open woody vegetation of all sorts; usually on sand; Acacia and Acacia-Commiphora woodland and bushland; dry savannahs; in rocky places; thickets along river banks; grassy thickets; at elevations up to 1,700 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.
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitClimber
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The roots are rich in saponins. They are pounded, then mixed with water and used as a soap for washing clothes[
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Title
Gemsbok Bean and Kalahari Truffle
Publication
 
Author
Leffers A.
Publisher
Gamsberg MacMillan; Namibia.
Year
2003
ISBN
99916-0-491-X
Description
Details of the traditional uses of over 200 species of plants in northeastern Namibia. Written for the non-expert, there is usually at least one photograph with each plant entry.
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Propagation

Seed -

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