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Useful Tropical Plants

Laportea grossa

(Wedd.) Chew

Urticaceae

+ Synonyms

Fleurya grossa Wedd.

Common Name:

Laportea grossa
Ornamental form of the plant with white variegation
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General Information

Laportea grossa is an evergreen, herbaceous perennial plant with a sprawling, spreading growth habit, growing up to 1 metre tall. The stems that lie on the ground form new roots at the nodes. The soft, upright stems are armed with downward-pointing stinging hairs[
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food. Some forms of the plant have a decorative, glossy dark green foliage with conspicuous white spots, making it an excellent plant to brighten up a shady bed[
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Known Hazards

The plant is covered with stinging hairs that cause a sharp, burning sting that lasts a while and can cause temporary redness on the skin[
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Botanical References


Range

East Africa - Kenya to S. Africa.

Habitat

Moist, shady places in coastal forest, forest, closed woodland and near streams[
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Properties

HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Requires a position in light to heavy shade[
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Edible Uses

Young leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The sprawling growth habit of this plant, plus the ability to produce new roots at the leaf nodes, should make this a very good ground cover for shady places - especially if it is somewhere you want to stop the entry of humans or other animals[
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a shaded position as soon as it is ripe, only just covering the seed.
Cuttings root easily in about 2 weeks[
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Division of rooted stems.
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2018-11-12. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Laportea+grossa>

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