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Useful Tropical Plants

Pisonia aculeata

L.

Nyctaginaceae

+ Synonyms

Pallavia aculeata (L.) Vell.

Pisonia grandifolia Standl.

Pisonia loranthoides Kunth

Pisonia monotaxadenia C. Wright ex Sauv.

Pisonia sieberi Schlecht.

Pisonia villosa Poir.

Pisonia yagua-pinda D.Parodi

Common Name:

Pisonia aculeata
Close-up of the developing seedpod.
Photograph by: LiChieh Pan
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General Information

Pisonia aculeata is a large, evergreen shrub producing climbing stems that can be 20 metres long and attach themselves to other plants by means of recurved thorns[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The stems can be up to 16cm in diameter[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
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Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
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Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
]. Short thorny branches sometimes persist on the lower stem[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
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Year
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Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

Pantropical - in the tropical and subtropical Americas, coasts of Africa, through Asia to New Guinea, Australia and New Caledonia.

Habitat

Found along coasts, in hedges, rain forests and open forests, sometimes forming impenetrable masses, from sea-level up to 500 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height15.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves are used, either fresh or in decoction, to treat skin problems such as scabies and ulcers[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The roots are purgative[
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.
]. They are used to treat coughs[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

A decoction of both the bark and the leaves is used both internally and externally to relieve rheumatism and venereal diseases[
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

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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