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Useful Tropical Plants

Neea theifera

Oerst.

Nyctaginaceae

+ Synonyms

Pisonia capparosa Netto

Common Name:

Neea theifera
Fruiting plant
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Neea theifera Neea theifera Neea theifera

General Information

Neea theifera is a shrub.
The leaves are harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, tea and black dye.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - central and eastern Brazil, Bolivia.

Habitat

Found in a variety of habitats from open savannah, shrubby savannah, open woodland and closed woodland.

Properties

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HabitShrub
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The leaves are used to make a tea[
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.
,
452
Title
The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture (6 volumes)
Publication
 
Author
Bailey L.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
The MacMillan Company, Toronto.
Year
1919
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but it still contains a wealth of useful information. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Medicinal

The plant (part not specified) is astringent. It is used in the treatment of dysentery and enterorrhagia[
739
Title
Medicinal Plants of Brazil
Publication
 
Author
Mors W.B.; Rizzini C.T.; Pereira N.A.
Publisher
Reference Publications; Michigan.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-917256-42-5
Description
An extremely concise book, listing approximately 1,500 species and varieties of plants with their botanical name, common name in Brazil, regions in Brazil where the plant is found, a brief list of uses and any medically active compounds in the plant.
].

Other Uses

A black dye is obtained from the leaves[
452
Title
The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture (6 volumes)
Publication
 
Author
Bailey L.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
The MacMillan Company, Toronto.
Year
1919
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but it still contains a wealth of useful information. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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