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Useful Tropical Plants

Manihot caerulescens

Pohl

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Jatropha coerulea Steud.

Manihot bahiensis Ule

Manihot caerulea Steud.

Manihot cearensis Pax & K.Hoffm.

Manihot cuneata Ule

Manihot discolor Ule

Manihot ferruginea Ule

Manihot grandiflora Müll.Arg.

Manihot harmsiana Ule

Manihot labroyana Ule

Manihot lyrata Ule

Manihot microdendron Ule

Manihot piauhyensis Ule

Manihot riedeliana Klotzsch ex Pax

Manihot rotundata Ule

Manihot speciosa Müll.Arg.

Manihot toledii Labroy ex Ule

Manihot trifoliata Ule

Common Name:

Manihot caerulescens

General Information

Manihot caerulescens is a shrub or low-growing small tree with a short bole and dense, leafy crown. It grows from 1.8 - 4.8 metres tall[
499
Title
Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
HMSO; London.
Year
1908
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on a wide range of plants, including Raphionacme utilis. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant yields a latex from which a good quality rubber can be made. Prior to the advent of synthetic rubbers, and the dominance of Hevea brasiliensis as a rubber crop, this species was considered to have potential as a commercial crop. It is still sometimes harvested from the wild for its latex.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - northeast Brazil.

Habitat

Woodlands in sandstone soils[
499
Title
Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
HMSO; London.
Year
1908
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on a wide range of plants, including Raphionacme utilis. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitShrub
Height3.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the 'Caatinga' dry forest region of northeast Brazil. The climate is hot and dry, there are usually 6 to 11 months without rain each year. The mean annual rainfall varies from 250 - 1,000mm, and the mean annual temperature is from 24 - 26°c.
Grows best in a sandy soil[
499
Title
Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
HMSO; London.
Year
1908
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on a wide range of plants, including Raphionacme utilis. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A latex obtained from the trunk is used to make 'Piauhy rubber'[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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