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Useful Tropical Plants

Ronabea emetica

(L.f.) A.Rich.

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Cephaelis emetica (L.f.) Pers.

Evea emetica (L.f.) Stellfeld

Psychotria emetica L.f.

Uragoga emetica (L.f.) Baill.

Common Name: Striated Ipecac

Ronabea emetica
Ripe fruits
Photograph by: Reinaldo Aguilar
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General Information

Ronabea emetica is a low-growing, evergreen shrub, often unbranched, that can reach a height of 60cm[
315
Title
Flora of Barro Colorado Island
Publication
 
Author
Croat. Thomas B.
Website
http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/bioinformatics/croat/home
Publisher
Stanford University Press
Year
1978
ISBN
0-8047-0950-5
Description
A very good flora of an area in Panama. Written some years ago, so some of the names have been changed. The book is out of print, but the whole flora is now available on the web.
].
The plant is gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

315
Title
Flora of Barro Colorado Island
Publication
 
Author
Croat. Thomas B.
Website
http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/bioinformatics/croat/home
Publisher
Stanford University Press
Year
1978
ISBN
0-8047-0950-5
Description
A very good flora of an area in Panama. Written some years ago, so some of the names have been changed. The book is out of print, but the whole flora is now available on the web.

Range

S. America - Amazonian Brazil, north through Central America to Belize.

Habitat

Wet forests and gallery forests.

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the moist tropics[
315
Title
Flora of Barro Colorado Island
Publication
 
Author
Croat. Thomas B.
Website
http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/bioinformatics/croat/home
Publisher
Stanford University Press
Year
1978
ISBN
0-8047-0950-5
Description
A very good flora of an area in Panama. Written some years ago, so some of the names have been changed. The book is out of print, but the whole flora is now available on the web.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots are the source of 'Striated Ipecac'. This is used medicinally, primarily as an emetic. The roots are occasionally exported[
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.
]..

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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