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Useful Tropical Plants

Stachytarpheta indica

(L.) Vahl

Verbenaceae

+ Synonyms

Stachytarpheta angustifolia (Mill.) Vahl

Stachytarpheta angustissima Moldenke

Stachytarpheta elatior Schrad. ex Schult.

Stachytarpheta jamaicensis indica (L.) H.J.Lam

Stachytarpheta surinamensis Miq. ex Pulle

Valerianoides indica (L.) Medik.

Valerianoides jamaicense linearifolium Kuntze

Verbena angustifolia Mill.

Verbena caudata Salisb.

Verbena indica L.

Verbena lancifolia Steud.

Vermicularia lancifolia Moench

Zappania angustifolia (Mill.) Poir.

Zappania indica (L.) Lam.

Common Name:

Stachytarpheta indica
Flowering plant
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General Information

Stachytarpheta indica is a much branched, erect, annual or short-lived perennial plant growing up to 1 metre tall[
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 popular leafy vegetable in west Africa where the plant is gathered from the wild both for food and local medicinal use. The plant is said to be cultivated in Benin as a leaf vegetable[
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

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

S. America - Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Costa Rica to Mexico; Caribbean - Cuba, Jamaica.

Habitat

Open places, clearings, weedy fields, often near wet places or along roadsides, at elevations from sea level to 900 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 *  *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and used as a vegetable[
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.
,
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Medicinal

The roots are used to make an eyewash[
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 plant (part not specified) is laxative[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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