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Useful Tropical Plants

Neurolaena lobata

(L.) R.Br. ex Cass.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Calea lobata (L.) Sw.

Calea suriani Cass.

Conyza lobata L.

Conyza symphytifolia Mill.

Critonia chrysocephala (Klatt) R.M.King & H.Rob.

Critonia chrysocephalum (Klatt) R.M.King & H.Rob.

Eupatorium chrysocephalum Klatt

Eupatorium valverdeanum Klatt

Neurolaena integrifolia Klatt

Neurolaena lobata (L.) R.Br.

Neurolaena suriani (Cass.) Cass.

Pluchea symphytifolia (Mill.) Gillis

Common Name:

Neurolaena lobata
Cultivated plant
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Neurolaena lobata Neurolaena lobata

General Information

Neurolaena lobata is a usually sparsely branched, perenial plant, often shrubby, that can grow 1 - 4 metres tall.
A popular local remedy, especially for malaria, the plant is commonly harvested from the wild for local use. It is sometimes cultivated for its medicinal uses in Honduras, particularly as a remedy for malaria[
512
Title
Flora of the Lancetilla Valley, Honduras.
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago.
Year
1931
ISBN
 
Description
Rather short on details at times, which is not surprising since so little information was available at the time. Still a useful flora. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba and the Bahamas.

Habitat

Riverbanks in open, secondary growth[
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Damp or wet thickets, or sometimes in oak forest, commonly
in secondary growth, often in cultivated fields, along brushy stream banks and open hillsides or roadsides,
from sea level to 1,400 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



The plant is commonly found as a weed in banana plantations within its native range[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves are used as a remedy for carate (white spots on skin) - they are crushed and rubbed on the legs or other afflicted parts[
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of fevers, hypertension, malaria, worms and intestinal parasites, skin rashes and sores[
872
Title
Journal of Ethnobiology Vol 17
Publication
 
Author
Eugene S. Hunn (Editor)
Publisher
Society of Ethnobiology; Seattle.
Year
1997 - 1998
ISBN
 
Description
A series of articles on the various ways humans use plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

It is claimed that the juice of the plan, rubbed on the skin, keeps off ticks[
469
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 27
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1928
ISBN
 
Description
Contains a Flora of the Panama Canal zone
].

Propagation

Seed -

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