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Useful Tropical Plants

Hippobroma longiflora

(L.) G.Don

Campanulaceae

+ Synonyms

Isotoma longiflora (L.) C.Presl

Isotoma runcinata Hassk.

Laurentia longiflora (L.) Peterm.

Lobelia longiflora L.

Rapuntium longiflorum (L.) Mill.

Solenopsis longiflora (L.) M.R.Almeida

Common Name: Star of Bethlehem

Hippobroma longiflora
Flowering plant
Photograph by: Thierry Caro
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Hippobroma longiflora Hippobroma longiflora

General Information

Star of Bethlehem is a herbaceous perennial plant with a rosette of narrow leaves 10 - 15cm long growing from a perennial rootstock.
Harvested from the wild for local medicinal use, the plant is also occasionally cultivated both for medicinal purposes and also as an ornamental317].

Known Hazards

A strongly poisonous plant[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
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Botanical References

426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.

Range

Caribbean - Jamaica. Widely established as a weed throughout the tropics.

Habitat

Damp, sheltered banks and along paths and roadsides in clay soils overlying limestone at elevations of 60 - 810 metres[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details



This species has become a weed throughout much of the tropics.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is used as an antiasthmatic in Brazil46].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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