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Useful Tropical Plants

Petrea volubilis

L.

Verbenaceae

+ Synonyms

Petrea amazonica Moldenke

Petrea arborea Kunth

Petrea arborescens Archer ex Moldenke

Petrea aspera Turcz.

Petrea aspera albiflora Moldenke

Petrea atrocoerulea Moldenke

Petrea colombiana Moldenke

Petrea erecta G.Lodd.

Petrea fragrantissima Rusby

Petrea kohautiana C.Presl

Petrea mexicana Willd. ex Cham.

Petrea nitidula Moldenke

Petrea ovata M.Martens & Galeotti

Petrea racemosa Nees

Petrea retusa C.Presl

Petrea riparia Moldenke

Petrea rivularis Moldenke

Petrea serrata C.Presl

Petrea stapeliae Paxton

Petrea subserrata Bárcena

Petrea subserrata Cham.

Petrea swallenii Moldenke

Petrea vincentina Turcz.

Common Name:

Petrea volubilis
Cultivated flowering plant in Pretoria, S. Africa
Photograph by: JMK
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General Information

Petrea volubilis is a deciduous shrub growing up to 4 metres tall in an open position, or can become a climbing plant with stems up to 12 metres long. The stems twine around other plants for support, they are around 10cm in diameter[
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Dominica Botanic Gardens
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http://www.da-academy.org/trees_shrubs.html
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An on-line resource, providing top quality pictures and some basic information on various plants being grown at the Botanic Gardens, often including uses and habitat.
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Desert Tropicals
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The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
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954
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 81
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal with various articles, including a revision of the genus Petrea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. It is often grown as an ornamental in the tropics, valued especially for its display of blue flowers[
362
Title
Dominica Botanic Gardens
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.da-academy.org/trees_shrubs.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource, providing top quality pictures and some basic information on various plants being grown at the Botanic Gardens, often including uses and habitat.
,
954
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 81
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal with various articles, including a revision of the genus Petrea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad to Florida.

Habitat

Seasonal evergreen forest along streams, roadsides, steep limestone walls in dry forest, limestone outcrops, pastures on clay and rocky soil, and on rock[
954
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 81
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal with various articles, including a revision of the genus Petrea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]..

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Climber
Height10.00 m
Growth RateFast
PollinatorsBees
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in full sun and in light shade[
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Desert Tropicals
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Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
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Year
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The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
]. Prefers a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[
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Title
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/shrubs/
Publisher
University of Florida
Year
0
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Description
PDF fact sheets on over 500 shrubs.
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A fast-growing plant[
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Author
 
Website
http://www.mobot.org/gardeninghelp/plantfinder/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
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0
ISBN
 
Description
Basic cultivation details, plant uses, habitat etc for several thousand species of plants, mainly from the temperate zone.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The flowers are combined with those of the Agouti Vine (Chiococca alba) to make an abortifacient tea[
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Title
Dominica Botanic Gardens
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Author
 
Website
http://www.da-academy.org/trees_shrubs.html
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource, providing top quality pictures and some basic information on various plants being grown at the Botanic Gardens, often including uses and habitat.
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Title
Dominica Botanic Gardens
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Author
 
Website
http://www.da-academy.org/trees_shrubs.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource, providing top quality pictures and some basic information on various plants being grown at the Botanic Gardens, often including uses and habitat.
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The leaves are used in the treatment of diabetes[
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Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
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Year
0
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Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
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A methanol extract of the leaves (tincture) has shown hypoglycaemic activity[
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Philippine Medicinal Plants
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Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
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Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
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The crude sap obtained from the grated or macerated stem is used as a resolutive to soothe wounds and burns[
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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

The wood is poorly resistant to decay and has no commercial value. It is used locally to make toys[
954
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 81
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal with various articles, including a revision of the genus Petrea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The wood is hard and burns fast without much smoke. It makes a good fuel[
954
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 81
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
0026-6493
Description
A botanical journal with various articles, including a revision of the genus Petrea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings
Layering
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