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Useful Tropical Plants

Leea macrophylla

Roxb. ex Hornem.

Vitaceae

+ Synonyms

Leea angustifolia Lawson

Leea aspera Wall. ex G.Don

Leea cinarea Lawson

Leea coriacea Lawson

Leea diffusa Lawson

Leea integrifolia Roxb.

Leea latifolia Wall. ex Kurz

Leea pallida W.G.Craib

Leea parallela Wallich ex Lawson

Leea robusta Roxb.

Leea talbotii King ex Talbot

Leea venkobarowii Gamble

Common Name:

Leea macrophylla
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Dinesh Valke
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General Information

Leea macrophylla is a perennial plant with stems that becomes more or less woody. The plant is often shrub-like, and occasionally tree-like, growing from a tuberous rootstock[
266
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.
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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.
,
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.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and dye, It is planted in Sri Lanka for its medicinal use and may well also be cultivated in Malesia[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
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.

Range

E. Asia - southwest China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.

Habitat

Open vegetation, dry forest and teak forest, particularly forest borders and regrowth; at elevations from sea-level up to 2,250 metres[
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.
].

Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
PollinatorsFlies, Bees
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details


Species in this genus generally succeed in full or partial sun, preferring a moist, fertile, well-drained soil[
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.
,
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.
].
Leea macrophylla is a complex species with a variety of forms, that have probably arisen through pressure from the environment[
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.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. Used as a famine food[
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.
].

Fruits - raw[
310
Title
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.
]. The fruit is a berry 10 - 15mm in diameter, containing 6 seeds[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Medicinal

The roots are credited with anodyne properties. The root paste is consumed with a glass of milk as a single monthly dose for birth control[
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.
]. The powdered tuber is used as a treatment for sexual debility in males[
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 roots are applied externally as a poultice on wounds and sores, and also as a treatment for guineaworm and ringworm[
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.
].

The powdered leaves, mixed with honey, are used in the treatment of cancer[
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 bark powder is given orally as a treatment for cancer[
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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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.
].

Other Uses

The root contains a red colouring agent, used for cloth[
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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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings
Air layering
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