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Useful Tropical Plants

Plukenetia volubilis

L.

Euphorbiaceae

+ Synonyms

Fragariopsis paxii Pittier

Plukenetia macrostyla Ule

Plukenetia peruviana Müll.Arg.

Sajorium volubile (L.) Baill.

Common Name:

Plukenetia volubilis
Experimental cultivation of the plant at INIEA station, Pucallpa, Ucayali, Peru.
Photograph by: Michael Hermann
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General Information

Plukenetia volubilis is a slender climbing shrub, scrambling over the ground and twining into other plants for support.
The edible seeds and leaves are gathered from the wild for local use. This species has long been used by native people, but has only recently become better known and is now being cultivated for the high quality oil obtained from the seed.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

674
Title
A Contribution to the Guianan Flora: Dalechampia, Haematostemon, Omphalea, Pera, Plukenetia and Tragia (Euphorbiacea
Publication
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany No. 86
Author
Gillespie L.J. & Armbruster W.S.
Website
http://www.sil.si.edu/smithsoniancontributions/Botany/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington.
Year
1997
ISBN
97-10535
Description
Part of an excellent series of papers by the Smithsonian Institute, it can be downloaded from their website.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam; Caribbean - Windward Isles.

Habitat

Occurs in disturbed areas or forest edges of lowland moist or wet forest, at elevations below 900 metres[
674
Title
A Contribution to the Guianan Flora: Dalechampia, Haematostemon, Omphalea, Pera, Plukenetia and Tragia (Euphorbiacea
Publication
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany No. 86
Author
Gillespie L.J. & Armbruster W.S.
Website
http://www.sil.si.edu/smithsoniancontributions/Botany/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington.
Year
1997
ISBN
97-10535
Description
Part of an excellent series of papers by the Smithsonian Institute, it can be downloaded from their website.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



Cultivated plants frequently have larger, 5 - 6 carpelled fruits and more prominently serrate leaf margins[
674
Title
A Contribution to the Guianan Flora: Dalechampia, Haematostemon, Omphalea, Pera, Plukenetia and Tragia (Euphorbiacea
Publication
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany No. 86
Author
Gillespie L.J. & Armbruster W.S.
Website
http://www.sil.si.edu/smithsoniancontributions/Botany/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington.
Year
1997
ISBN
97-10535
Description
Part of an excellent series of papers by the Smithsonian Institute, it can be downloaded from their website.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Seeds - roasted[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
,
674
Title
A Contribution to the Guianan Flora: Dalechampia, Haematostemon, Omphalea, Pera, Plukenetia and Tragia (Euphorbiacea
Publication
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany No. 86
Author
Gillespie L.J. & Armbruster W.S.
Website
http://www.sil.si.edu/smithsoniancontributions/Botany/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution Press; Washington.
Year
1997
ISBN
97-10535
Description
Part of an excellent series of papers by the Smithsonian Institute, it can be downloaded from their website.
]. An excellent flavour[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. Rich in oil (35 - 60%) and protein (27%).

An oil is extracted from the seed. It is used in the preparation of various meals.

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The oil from the seed is of high quality and can be used for cosmetics etc.

Propagation

Seed -
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