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Useful Tropical Plants

Tabernaemontana amygdalifolia

Jacq.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Ervatamia jasminoides (Kunth) Tsiang

Malouetia jasminoides (Kunth) A.DC.

Rauvolfia laevigata Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.

Tabernaemontana acapulcensis Miers

Tabernaemontana deamii Donn.Sm.

Tabernaemontana dichotoma Sessé & Moc.

Tabernaemontana jasminoides Kunth

Tabernaemontana nereifolia Vahl

Tabernaemontana occidentalis Miers

Common Name:

Tabernaemontana amygdalifolia
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General Information

Tabernaemontana amygdalifolia is usually a shrub, occasionally a small tree; it can grow 1 - 5 metres 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/
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of latex.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Haiti, Cuba.

Habitat

Moist or dry thickets, often in sandy places, frequently in more open,secondary growth formations, at elevations up to 700 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

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

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

An infusion of the leaves sometimes is administered as a laxative in the treatment of biliousness[
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/
,
493
Title
Flora of Yucatan
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; Chicago
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
The first flora that was attempted for this area in 1930, so it is obviously lacking information and the Botanical names can be out of date. Still, an excellent work and it records many plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

The latex is said to be used for adulterating chicle[
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/
].

Propagation

Seed -

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