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Useful Tropical Plants

Rinorea laevigata

(Sol. ex Ging.) Hekking

Violaceae

+ Synonyms

Alsodeia castaneifolia (A.St.-Hil.) Spreng.

Alsodeia physiphora Mart.

Alsodeia physiphora R.Br.

Conohoria castaneifolia A.St.-Hil.

Conohoria lobolobo A.St.-Hil.

Physiphora laevigata Sol. ex Ging.

Rinorea castaneifolia (A.St.-Hil.) Baill.

Rinorea physiphora (Mart.) Kuntze

Rinorea physiphora Baill.

Common Name: Lobolobo

Rinorea laevigata
Illustration of the leaves, flowers and fruits.
Photograph by: Nova genera et species plantarum. Monachii [Munich] :Impensis Auctoris,1824-1829
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General Information

Lobolobo is a shrub or tree with a dense, spreading crown; it can grow up to 15 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible leaves, which are eaten locally. It has been suggested that this plant has the potential to become a much wider used food source if improved through cultivation[
501
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 20
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1925
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it includes a monograph on the American species of the genus Rinorea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

501
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 20
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1925
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it includes a monograph on the American species of the genus Rinorea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Brazil in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked[
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.
]. Used as a spinach[
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.
]. The leaves become mucilaginous when cooked[
501
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 20
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1925
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it includes a monograph on the American species of the genus Rinorea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

The bark is astringent and bitter[
501
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 20
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1925
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it includes a monograph on the American species of the genus Rinorea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. It is used as a febrifuge[
501
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 20
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute; Washington.
Year
1925
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it includes a monograph on the American species of the genus Rinorea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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