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Useful Tropical Plants

Kalanchoe laciniata

(L.) DC.

Crassulaceae


In view of the considerable overlap in chemical constituents found in Kalanchoe and the morphological similarity with Kalanchoe ceratophylla which makes it difficult to distinguish between the 2 species, it is presumed that this species is used for the same purposes as Kalanchoe ceratophylla[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

+ Synonyms

Cotyledon laciniata L.

Kalanchoe acutifolia Haw.

Kalanchoe aegyptiaca DC.

Kalanchoe afzeliana Britten

Kalanchoe alternans Pers.

Kalanchoe brasiliensis Cambess.

Kalanchoe diversa N.E.Br.

Kalanchoe floribunda Wight & Arn.

Kalanchoe magnidens N.E.Br.

Kalanchoe rosea Clarke

Kalanchoe schweinfurthii Penzig

Kalanchoe welitschii Britton

Vereia laciniata (L.) Willd.

Common Name:

Kalanchoe laciniata
The leaves are very variable - on a young stem they are oval
Photograph by: Oumarou Ouédraogo; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Oumarou Ouédraogo
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General Information

Kalanchoe laciniata is a short-lived perennial, or possibly sometimes biennial, erect plant that can grow up to 120cm tall when flowering. The fleshy stem is usually unbranched, it dies back to a large, underground tuber in dry conditions[
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.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is decorative and worthy of horticultural cultivation[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical east Africa, through the Arabian Peninsula; E. Asia - southern India, Thailand.

Habitat

Rocky grassland, open bushland, scrub, margins of thickets, on stony ground, rocky slopes and ledges; shady situations, in sandy or humus-rich soil; at elevations from 450 - 2,100 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.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves are considered antipruritic, antiseptic, astringent, emollient and styptic[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
]. They are taken internally for the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, lithiasis and phthisis[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].
Applied topically, the leaves are said to be good for cleaning ulcers and allaying inflammation; to stem bleeding on fresh cuts and abrasions; and as a poultice they are used for purposes such as relieving venomous insect-bites, applied to the chest to relieve coughs and colds and on the head to ease a headache[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
,
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
]. The leaf is applied in frictions for the relief of itch[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
]. They are made into a lotion for soothing small-pox[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

The leaf has been reported to contain a fat, a yellow organic acid, cream of tartar, calcium sulphate, tartaric acid, calcium oxalate and malic acid[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Easy to propagate vegetatively - just one leaf with part of its stem, when set on the soil, will produce roots and grow into a new plant[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

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