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Useful Tropical Plants

Melothrianthus smilacifolius

(Cogn.) Mart.Crov.

Cucurbitaceae

+ Synonyms

Apodanthera smilacifolia Cogn.

Common Name:

Melothrianthus smilacifolius
Drawing of the leaves and flowers
Photograph by: Engler, H.G.A., Das Pflanzenreich, Cucurbitaceae - Fevilleae
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General Information

Melothrianthus smilacifolius is a large climbing plant, producing stems 10 metres or more long from a tuberous rootstock[
461
Title
Diccionario das Plantas Uteis do Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Correa M.P.
Publisher
Imprensa Nacional; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in 6 volumes giving details of the various uses of Brazilian plants.
]. The stems attach themselves to other plants for support by means of tendrils. The cylindrical root can be up to 4 metres long and 3cm in diameter[
461
Title
Diccionario das Plantas Uteis do Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Correa M.P.
Publisher
Imprensa Nacional; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in 6 volumes giving details of the various uses of Brazilian plants.
].
The plant is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - southern and eastern Brazil.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves and roots are considered to be alterative and depurative[
461
Title
Diccionario das Plantas Uteis do Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Correa M.P.
Publisher
Imprensa Nacional; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in 6 volumes giving details of the various uses of Brazilian plants.
]. They are used in the treatment of syphilis[
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.
]. Applied externally, they are used to treat a wide range of skin problems including scabies[
461
Title
Diccionario das Plantas Uteis do Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Correa M.P.
Publisher
Imprensa Nacional; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in 6 volumes giving details of the various uses of Brazilian plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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