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Useful Tropical Plants

Pitcairnia angustifolia

Aiton

Bromeliaceae

+ Synonyms

Hepetis angustifolia (Aiton) Raeusch.

Hepetis gracilis Mez

Hepetis latifolia (Andrews ex Aiton) Mez

Hepetis latifolia (Andrews ex Aiton) Raeusch.

Hepetis platyphylla (Schrad.) Mez

Hepetis ramosa (J.Jacq.) Mez

Hepetis tomentosa (F.Dietr. ex Beer) Mez

Pitcairnia furfuracea J.Jacq.

Pitcairnia gracilis (Mez) Mez

Pitcairnia intermedia Schult. & Schult.f.

Pitcairnia latifolia Andrews

Pitcairnia latifolia Andrews ex Aiton

Pitcairnia platyphylla Schrad.

Pitcairnia ramosa J.Jacq.

Pitcairnia redouteana Schult. & Schult.f.

Pitcairnia skinneri Baker

Pitcairnia tomentosa F.Dietr. ex Beer

Common Name:

Pitcairnia angustifolia
Drawing of the flowers
Photograph by: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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Pitcairnia angustifolia Pitcairnia angustifolia

General Information

Pitcairnia angustifolia is an evergreen perennial plant growing up to 100cm tall. A clump-forming, stemless plant, the grass-like leaves are formed in basal rosettes[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. The plant is grown in gardens as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Caribbean - Puerto Rico, Windward Isles, Leeward Isles.

Habitat

Found in a wide range of habitats, from relatively dry, rocky, coastal cliffs to humid, mid mountain regions; common in secondary growth along roads; tolerant of sulphur fumes and found in the vicinity of fumaroles[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The scales on the underside of leaves are used to treat burns[
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Dominica Botanic Gardens
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Website
http://www.da-academy.org/trees_shrubs.html
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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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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-09-20. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Pitcairnia+angustifolia>

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