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Useful Tropical Plants

Polygala poaya

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Polygalaceae

+ Synonyms

Polygala angulata DC.

Common Name:

Polygala poaya
Flowering plant
Photograph by: João de Deus Medeiros
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General Information

Polygala poaya is a perennial plant, becoming somewhat woody at the base, sending up a clump of stems 8 - 50cm tall[
607
Title
Polygalaceae Hoffmannsegg & Link no Distrito Federal, Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Pastore J.F.B.
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
A dissertation for a Master's Degree, submitted tot he University of Brasilia.
].
The root is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

607
Title
Polygalaceae Hoffmannsegg & Link no Distrito Federal, Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Pastore J.F.B.
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
A dissertation for a Master's Degree, submitted tot he University of Brasilia.

Range

S. America - Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil.

Habitat

Seasonally wet fields[
607
Title
Polygalaceae Hoffmannsegg & Link no Distrito Federal, Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Pastore J.F.B.
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
A dissertation for a Master's Degree, submitted tot he University of Brasilia.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.35 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant flowers abundantly after fires[
607
Title
Polygalaceae Hoffmannsegg & Link no Distrito Federal, Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Pastore J.F.B.
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
 
Description
A dissertation for a Master's Degree, submitted tot he University of Brasilia.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The root is emetic and expectorant[
528
Title
Indicador de Madeiras e Plantas Uteis do Brasil.
Publication
 
Author
Fonseca E. T. De
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
 
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details of some of the uses of Brazilian plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. Known as 'White Ipecac' or 'Poaya Blanca', it is used as a substitute for the true Ipecac (Carapichea ipecacuanha)[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
528
Title
Indicador de Madeiras e Plantas Uteis do Brasil.
Publication
 
Author
Fonseca E. T. De
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
 
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details of some of the uses of Brazilian plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The uses of Ipecac are as follows:-
The roots are used internally in the treatment of coughs, bronchitis, whooping cough and amoebic dysentery[
238
Title
Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses.
Publication
 
Author
Bown. D.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley, London.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-7513-020-31
Description
A very well presented and informative book on herbs from around the globe. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Just one main quibble is the silly way of having two separate entries for each plant.
,
254
Title
The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
Chevallier. A.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley. London
Year
1996
ISBN
9-780751-303148
Description
An excellent guide to over 500 of the more well known medicinal herbs from around the world.
]. One of the surest of emetics, even moderate doses will induce vomiting until the contents of the stomach have been voided making it especially useful in the treatment of drug overdoses[
254
Title
The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
Chevallier. A.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley. London
Year
1996
ISBN
9-780751-303148
Description
An excellent guide to over 500 of the more well known medicinal herbs from around the world.
]. It is used in a syrup to induce vomiting in children who have ingested toxins[
238
Title
Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses.
Publication
 
Author
Bown. D.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley, London.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-7513-020-31
Description
A very well presented and informative book on herbs from around the globe. Plenty in it for both the casual reader and the serious student. Just one main quibble is the silly way of having two separate entries for each plant.
]. Smaller doses are strongly expectorant and it is a common ingredient in patent cough medicines[
254
Title
The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
Chevallier. A.
Publisher
Dorling Kindersley. London
Year
1996
ISBN
9-780751-303148
Description
An excellent guide to over 500 of the more well known medicinal herbs from around the world.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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