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Useful Tropical Plants

Randia echinocarpa

Moc. & Sessé ex DC.

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Basanacantha echinocarpa (Moc. & Sessé ex DC.) Bullock

Genipa echinocarpa (Moc. & Sessé ex DC.) A.Gray

Solena echinocarpa (Moc. & Sessé ex DC.) D.Dietr.

Common Name:

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General Information

Randia echinocarpa is a shrub or small tree growing up to 6 metres tall. The plant has spines in bunches of fours at the ends of the branches[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The edible fruit is much appreciated locally and is often gathered from the wild.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southern N. America - Mexico.

Habitat

Dry thickets and hillsides.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitShrub
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of low to medium elevations in the tropics of Mexico.

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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.
,
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The chopped, ground and boiled bark is used as a catalyst in the preparation of 'tesguino', a local alcoholic beverage[
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.
].

Medicinal

The fruit is considered to be a remedy for malaria[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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