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Useful Tropical Plants

Leea indica

(Burm.f.) Merr.

Vitaceae

+ Synonyms

Aquilicia otillis Gaertn.

Leea biserrata Miq.

Leea celebica C.B.Clarke

Leea divaricata Teijsm. & Binn.

Leea expansa W.G.Craib

Leea fuliginosa Miq.

Leea gigantea Griff.

Leea gracilis Lauterb.

Leea naumannii Engl.

Leea novaguineensis Valeton

Leea ottilis (Gaertn.) DC.

Leea palambanica Miq.

Leea pubescens Zipp. ex Miq.

Leea ramosii Merr.

Leea roehrsiana Sander ex Mast.

Leea sambucina Willd.

Leea sambucina biserrata (Miq.) Miq.

Leea sambucina heterophylla Zipp. ex Miq.

Leea sambucina occidentalis C.B.Clarke

Leea sambucina robusta Miq.

Leea sambucina roehrsiana (Sander ex Mast.) Chitt.

Leea sambucina simplex Miq.

Leea sambucina sumatrana (Miq.) Miq.

Leea sumatrana Miq.

Leea sundaica Miq.

Leea umbraculifera C.B.Clarke

Leea viridiflora Planch.

Staphylea indica Burm.f.

Common Name:

Leea indica
Close-up of a flower
Photograph by: Jago, B.
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens
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General Information

Leea indica is an erect shrub to small tree, often with several stems. It usually grows from 2 - 10 metres tall, occasionally to 16 metres, with stems around 19cm in diameter. Plants are frequently stilt-rooted[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
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Title
Trees of Sungai Wain
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Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/Sungaiwain/
Publisher
 
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An excellent site with factsheets on almost 1,000 species of forest trees growing at Sungai Wain in Indonesia. Each factsheet has good quality pictures plus basic information on the ecology and uses of the plants.
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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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The plant is gathered from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is locally cultivated in India and China for medicinal purposes[
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Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
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], is often grown as an ornamental, and is also grown as a green manure.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
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

Range

E. Asia - southern China, Indian subcontinent, through tropical Asia to Australia and SW Pacific.

Habitat

Undisturbed to slightly disturbed (open sites) in mixed dipterocarp, swamp and sub-montane forests up to elevations of 1,200 metres[
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Title
Trees of Sungai Wain
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/Sungaiwain/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site with factsheets on almost 1,000 species of forest trees growing at Sungai Wain in Indonesia. Each factsheet has good quality pictures plus basic information on the ecology and uses of the plants.
]. Usually on alluvial sites and near or along rivers and streams[
359
Title
Trees of Sungai Wain
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/Sungaiwain/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site with factsheets on almost 1,000 species of forest trees growing at Sungai Wain in Indonesia. Each factsheet has good quality pictures plus basic information on the ecology and uses of the plants.
]. Also found on limestone[
359
Title
Trees of Sungai Wain
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/Sungaiwain/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site with factsheets on almost 1,000 species of forest trees growing at Sungai Wain in Indonesia. Each factsheet has good quality pictures plus basic information on the ecology and uses of the plants.
].

Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height6.00 m
PollinatorsFlies, Bees
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in full or partial sun, preferring a moist, fertile, well-drained soil[
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974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
].
Plants respond well to coppicing[
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Edible Uses

The tender shoots are used as a vegetable[
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Fruit[
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]. The fruit is a purple-black berry 5 - 10mm in diameter, occasionally to 15mm, containing 6 seeds[
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Medicinal

The juice of young leaves is used as a digestive[
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Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
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Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
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0
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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.
]. Young shoots are chewed to relieve a severe cough[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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].
The pounded leaves are used for poulticing cuts and skin complaints in general. They are placed upon the head in cases of fever, headache and as a general anodyne for body pains[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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]. The leaf juice is applied on the head as a remedy for dizziness or vertigo[
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
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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.
]. A decoction of the shoots is applied to sores[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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0
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. In the Oro province the body is beaten for some time with leafy shoots to relieve body pains, fevers and sleeplessness[
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The root is considered antipyretic and diaphoretic. It is used to relieve muscular pain, and is an ingredient of a preparation to treat leucorrhoea, intestinal cancer and cancer of the uterus. A decoction of the roots is taken to relieve stomach-ache, colic, dysentery and diarrhoea[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
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.
,
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
].
The roots are an ingredient for a treatment against yaws[
359
Title
Trees of Sungai Wain
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/Sungaiwain/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent site with factsheets on almost 1,000 species of forest trees growing at Sungai Wain in Indonesia. Each factsheet has good quality pictures plus basic information on the ecology and uses of the plants.
]. The crushed roots are applied as a poultice to treat ringworms, diarrhoea, colic and sores[
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.
]. The crushed root is also applied to rashes, stings, allergic reactions etc from other plants[
1023
Title
Ethnobotanical Observation on Tuberous Plants from Tribal Area of Rajasthan (India)
Publication
Ethnobotanical Leaflets 12: 647 - 666
Author
Shweta Swarnkar & S.S. Katewa
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
A study on the traditional uses of root tubers in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan.
].

An infusion of the inflorescence is used in the treatment of chest pain in children[
1023
Title
Ethnobotanical Observation on Tuberous Plants from Tribal Area of Rajasthan (India)
Publication
Ethnobotanical Leaflets 12: 647 - 666
Author
Shweta Swarnkar & S.S. Katewa
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
 
Description
A study on the traditional uses of root tubers in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan.
].

The leaves contain an abundance of of phenolic constituents such as flavonoids, leucoanthocyanidins, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, syringic acid and gallic acid[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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0
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].
An ethanolic extract of the plant has been shown to selectively inhibits herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) virus at a minimum inhibitory concentration of 0.001—0.1 mg/ml[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Year
0
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The leaves serve as green manure[
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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.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings
Air layering
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