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Useful Tropical Plants

Rytidostylis gracilis

Hook. & Arn.

Cucurbitaceae

+ Synonyms

Elaterium ciliatum Cogn.

Elaterium filiforme Cogn.

Elaterium gracile (Hook. & Arn.) Cogn.

Elaterium heterophyllum Brandegee

Elaterium longiflorum Cogn.

Elaterium macrophyllum Standl. & Steyerm.

Elaterium saepicola Brandegee

Rytidostylis macrophylla (Standl. & Steyerm.) Dieterle

Common Name:

Rytidostylis gracilis
Flowers
Photograph by: O. M. Montiel
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General Information

Rytidostylis gracilis is an annual, climbing plant that can be small or large[
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/
]. A much-branched plant, it usually climbs over shrubs, supporting itself by means of tendrils, though sometimes grows prostrate along the ground[
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 edible fruits are sometimes gathered from the wild for local use[
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.
].

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/

Range

Northern S. America - Colombia, Venezuela and Colombia, through Central America to Mexico.

Habitat

Damp or wet thickets, forest, weedy clearings, sometimes on open banks, from sea level to elevations of 1,400 metres[
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 *  *
HabitAnnual Climber
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Young fruits - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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 fruit is about 15 - 25mm long, 9 - 12mm thick, and contains 12 - 16 seeds that are 5 - 7mm long[
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/
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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