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Useful Tropical Plants

Psychotria nervosa

Sw.

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Bertiera ferrugrinea Willd. ex Schult.

Myrstiphyllum undatum (Jacq.) Hitchc.

Psychotria chimarrhoides DC.

Psychotria elongata Benth.

Psychotria fadyenii Urb.

Psychotria granadensis Benth.

Psychotria hirta Kunth

Psychotria hirta Schult.

Psychotria horizontalis preng. ex DC.

Psychotria lanceolata Nutt.

Psychotria oligotricha DC.

Psychotria portoricensis DC.

Psychotria quiniifolia Dwyer

Psychotria rufescens Kunth

Psychotria stipulacea Sw. ex DC.

Psychotria undata Jacq.

Psychotria undulata Poir.

Uragoga elongata (Benth.) Kuntze

Uragoga granadensis (Benth.) Kuntze

Uragoga oligotricha (DC.) Kuntze

Uragoga rufescens (Kunth) Kuntze

Uragoga stipulacea (Sw. ex DC.) Kuntze

Uragoga undata (Jacq.) Baill.

Uragoga undulate (Poir.) Kuntze

Common Name: Wild Coffee

Psychotria nervosa

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General Information

Wild coffee is an evergreen shrub growing 1 - 3.5 metres tall[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its edible fruit and seed.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
,
342
Title
Flora of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W. & Rendle. A. B.
Publisher
British Museum
Year
1910
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, so many name changes. Nevertheless, a very good guide to the plants of the Caribbean. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from various websites.

Range

Northern S. America - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Windward Isles through to S. N. America - Florida.

Habitat

Damp forest or thickets of the lowlands, ascending on the Pacific coast of Guatemala to about 1,200 metres, but usually at much lower elevations[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of lowland tropical areas, usually in regions with a distinct dry season, but also sometimes found in areas with all-year round rain[
369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.
].
A plant of dappled shade in woodland areas, it also succeeds in full sun[
369
Title
Flora of Costa Rica
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1938
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but an excellent treatment of the area. Available for download from the internet.
,
710
Title
Tropical Flowering Plants. A Guide to Identification and Cultivation.
Publication
 
Author
Llamas K.A.
Publisher
Timber Press; Oregon.
Year
2003
ISBN
0-88192-585-3
Description
A terse guide for the gardener to almost 1,500 species of ornamental tropical plants with brief details on their cultivation and, usually, a small photograph of good quality.
]. Prefers an alkaline, well-drained soil[
710
Title
Tropical Flowering Plants. A Guide to Identification and Cultivation.
Publication
 
Author
Llamas K.A.
Publisher
Timber Press; Oregon.
Year
2003
ISBN
0-88192-585-3
Description
A terse guide for the gardener to almost 1,500 species of ornamental tropical plants with brief details on their cultivation and, usually, a small photograph of good quality.
].
Plants can flower and fruit all year round[
410
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 76
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1989
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains a monograph of the genus Zapoteca (Calliandra) amongst other things.
].

Edible Uses

The seeds can be used as a substitute for coffee[
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.
].

Fruit - raw. The pulp is edible[
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.
]. The fruit is a scarlet berry about 6 - 8mm long[
342
Title
Flora of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W. & Rendle. A. B.
Publisher
British Museum
Year
1910
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, so many name changes. Nevertheless, a very good guide to the plants of the Caribbean. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from various websites.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

Plants respond to trimming and can be grown as a medium-sized hedge[
710
Title
Tropical Flowering Plants. A Guide to Identification and Cultivation.
Publication
 
Author
Llamas K.A.
Publisher
Timber Press; Oregon.
Year
2003
ISBN
0-88192-585-3
Description
A terse guide for the gardener to almost 1,500 species of ornamental tropical plants with brief details on their cultivation and, usually, a small photograph of good quality.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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