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Useful Tropical Plants

Marsdenia verrucosa

Decne.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Marsdenia verrucosa
Flowers
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Marsdenia verrucosa Marsdenia verrucosa

General Information

Marsdenia verrucosa varies in habit according to its surroundings. Left to its own devices it becomes a low-growing shrub, but when growing next to a tree it can become a vigorous climber, growing to the top of the tree.
The plant is harvested from the wild for its latex, which can be used to make rubber; the plant also has local medicinal uses. The plant was an important producer of rubber in Madagascar before the Brazilian rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) became by far the most important rubber-producing plant - it is little, if at all, utilized at present.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Madagascar.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the lowland tropics, in areas with a distinct dry season, growing at elevations from sea level to around 400 metres.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A leaf decoction is applied externally to treat syphilitic sores[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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A root decoction is taken to treat cough[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

A latex is obtained from the plant[
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.
]. Most of the latex is contained within the young fruits, so can be harvested without damage to the plant. The fruits are 10 - 15cm long[
851
Title
Plant Material Introduced by the Office of Foreign Plant Introduction. Inventory No. 97
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture; Washington.
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
Details of plants and seeds imported by the US Government during the period October to December 1928, often giving some information on the species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The latex can be coagulated by mixing it with lemon juice, tamarind juice, or sea water; or by heating it[
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.
]. The quality of rubber is variable, with one of the best made by using alcohol. The rubber is elastic but its main defect is that it has low tenacity[
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.
]. The latex was formerly used to adulterate better quality latex[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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