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Useful Tropical Plants

Pachycarpus spurius

(N.E.Br.) Bullock

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Schizoglossum dolichoglossum (K.Schum.) N.E.Br.

Schizoglossum spurium (N.E.Br.) N.E.Br.

Xysmalobium dolichoglossum K.Schum.

Xysmalobium spurium N.E.Br.

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General Information

Pachycarpus spurius is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing 1 - 5 annual stems from a long, cylindrical, vertical rootstock, sometimes with a few fusiform laterals. The erect, unbranched stems contain a white latex and can be 1 - 2 metres long[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of fibre.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - southeast DR Congo, southern Tanzania, Malawi.

Habitat

Grassland and Brachystegia or Protea scrubby woodland, sometimes in disturbed sites, at elevations from 1,200 - 2,100 metres[
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Properties

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HabitPerennial
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The pounded leaves are mixed with water and drunk as a galactogogue[
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The tuber is eaten by men to improve fertility[
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Other Uses

The stem fibre is used for making twine and rope[
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Propagation

Seed -

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