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Useful Tropical Plants

Stegnosperma halimifolium

Benth.

Phytolaccaceae

+ Synonyms

Stegnosperma scandens (A.Rob. ex Lunan) Standl.

Common Name:

Stegnosperma halimifolium
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
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Stegnosperma halimifolium Stegnosperma halimifolium

General Information

Stegnosperma halimifolium is a shrub growing up to 4 metres tall.
The root is gathered from the wild for local use as a soap.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southern N. America - Mexico.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant mainly of lowland areas, usually near the coast, in the warm temperate zone to subtropics, also extending into the tropics.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant has the reputation of being a cure for hydrophobia[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

The powdered roots are used as a soap substitute[
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.
,
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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