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Useful Tropical Plants

Justicia secunda

Vahl

Acanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Dianthera secunda (Vahl) Griseb.

Ecbolium geniculatum (Sims) Kuntze

Ecbolium secundum (Vahl) Kuntze

Justicia caripensis Kunth

Justicia geniculata Sims

Justicia moricandiana (Nees) Lemée

Lustrinia geniculata (Sims) Raf.

Rhacodiscus moricandianus (Nees) Bremek.

Rhacodiscus secundus (Vahl) Bremek.

Rhytiglossa geniculata Nees

Rhytiglossa lucida Nees

Rhytiglossa moricandiana Nees

Rhytiglossa secunda (Vahl) Nees

Sericographis caripensis (Kunth) Nees

Common Name:

Justicia secunda
Drawing of a flowering stem
Photograph by: Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, vol. 46: t. 2060 (1819)
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General Information

Justicia secunda is an evergreen, perennial plant with stems that sometimes become more or less woody. It can grow from 90 - 200cm tall[
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Desert Tropicals
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The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
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Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 65
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Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1978
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Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains parts of the Flora of Panama.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Ecuador, Colombia, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama; Caribbean

Habitat

In forests and along streams[
428
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 65
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1978
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains parts of the Flora of Panama.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.75 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in full sun and in light shade[
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The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
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Title
Desert Tropicals
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http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
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The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A tea made from the plant is used as a treatment for afterbirth problems. A whole plant, combined with Petiveria alliacea, Passiflora quadrangularis, Coleus amboinicus and black sage, is used in a decoction as a treatment for dysmenorrhoea and as a post-menses cleaner[
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Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
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Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. A decoction of the plant, sometimes combined with Ruellia tuberosa and Heliotropium indicum, is used as a treatment for menstrual pains; to induce abortion; and for dilation and curettage after miscarriage[
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Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
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The leaves are used in the treatment of anemia, cough, cold, fever, malaria, measles, and whooping cough[
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Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
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Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

The stem and leaves are used in a clarifying infusion for the treatment of amenorrhoea[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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