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Useful Tropical Plants

Microstachys corniculata

(Vahl) Griseb.

Euphorbiaceae


The genus Microstachys is not universally accepted. We are following the treatment in works such as the 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families' and 'Euphorbiaceae of Malesia'[
327
Title
Euphorbiaceae of Malesia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/euphorbs/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource that is still being developed, it gives detailed botanical descriptions of plants in the family Euphorbiaceae found growing in Malesia (the region from Peninsual Malaysia through Indonesia, the Philippines).
], which accept the genus as distinct; some other works however, such as the 'African Plants Database'[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
], treat this genus as part of the genus Sebastiania, which would make this species Sebastiania corniculata (Vahl) Müll.Arg.[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Cnemidostachys acalyphoides Mart.

Cnemidostachys campestris Mart. ex Baill.

Cnemidostachys dubia Wawra

Cnemidostachys longifolia Mart.

Cnemidostachys pahlii Spreng.

Cnemidostachys patula Mart.

Cnemidostachys prostrata Mart.

Cnemidostachys salicifolia Mart.

Cnemidostachys sellowiana Klotzsch ex Baill.

Cnemidostachys tragioides Mart.

Cnemidostachys velutina Klotzsch ex Baill.

Microstachys bicornis A.Juss.

Microstachys crotonoides Klotzsch ex Benth.

Microstachys fruticulosa H.Karst.

Microstachys guianensis Klotzsch

Microstachys micrantha Benth.

Microstachys polymorpha Müll.Arg.

Microstachys vahlii A.Rich.

Sebastiania corniculata (Vahl) Müll.Arg.

Sebastiania glandulosa Pax

Sebastiania hispida patula (Mart.) Pax

Sebastiania mexicana Brandegee

Sebastiania micrantha (Benth.) Lanj.

Sebastiania salicifolia (Mart.) Pax

Stillingia campestris Baill.

Stillingia corniculata (Vahl) Baill.

Stillingia prostrata (Mart.) Baill.

Stillingia sellowiana Baill.

Stillingia velutina Baill.

Tragia bicornis Vahl ex A.Juss.

Tragia corniculata Vahl

Tragia pilosa Vell.

Tragiopsis fruticulosa H.Karst.

Common Name:

Microstachys corniculata
Seed capsule broken open to reveal the seed
Photograph by: Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil
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General Information

Microstachys corniculata is a few to many branched, erect annual plant, sometimes forming clumps, growing from 15 - 60cm tall[
369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.

Range

S. America - Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Cuba to Trinidad.

Habitat

Weedy plants of open sunny sites in lowland evergreen or partly deciduous areas[
369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The whole plant is used in the treatment of headaches, heart problems, sores, thrush, wounds and cuts[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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