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Useful Tropical Plants

Sambucus peruviana

Kunth

Adoxaceae


Some authorities treat this species as a subspecies of Sambucus nigra, viz Sambucus nigra subsp peruviana (Kunth) Bolli.

+ Synonyms

Sambucus nigra peruviana (Kunth) Bolli.

Common Name: Sauco

Sambucus peruviana
Leaves
Photograph by: Germaine A. Parada
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Sambucus peruviana Sambucus peruviana Sambucus peruviana

General Information

Sauco is a deciduous tree growing up to 12 metres tall[
434
Title
Flora of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Macbride. J.F.
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent attempt at a Flora of Peru, though it is clear that many of the plants were imperfectly known at that time and so information on them was sketchy. Available for download from the Internet.
].
The plant provides an edible fruit and medicinal uses. It is gathered from the wild for local use. The plant is also sometimes grown as a component in hedges and has been trialled in soil stabilization and/or water conservation schemes[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia to Panama and Costa Rica in Central America.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of higher elevations in the tropics, often found at elevations over 3,000 metres[
434
Title
Flora of Peru
Publication
 
Author
Macbride. J.F.
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History
Year
1936
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent attempt at a Flora of Peru, though it is clear that many of the plants were imperfectly known at that time and so information on them was sketchy. Available for download from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - cooked and made into a syrup[
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 in the preparation of jams, wine and non-alcoholic drinks[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are excitant[
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.
]. They are mixed with the leaves of markhu (Ambrosia artemisioides) in a pot and toasted (heated without water); the juice that gathers on the bottom of the pot is rubbed on the belly to treat stomach-ache[
508
Title
The Ethnobotany of Chinchero.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 24
Author
Franquemont C. Et al
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History.
Year
1990
ISBN
0015-0746
Description
Brief details on the local uses of plants for an Andean community in southern Peru. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

A syrup made from the fruit is used in the treatment of throat troubles and ulcers[
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.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is cultivated as a part of hedges in Peru[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].
It is also used in soil stabilization and/or water conservation schemes on an experimental basis in Bolivia[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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