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Useful Tropical Plants

Tabernaemontana dichotoma

Roxb. ex Wall.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Cerbera dichotoma G.Lodd.

Ervatamia dichotoma (Roxb. ex Wall.) Burkill

Pagiantha dichotoma (Roxb. ex Wall.) Markgr.

Rejoua dichotoma (Roxb. ex Wall.) Gamble

Tabernaemontana laurifolia Ker Gawl.

Tanghinia dichotoma G.Don

Common Name:

Tabernaemontana dichotoma
Flowering stem
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General Information

Tabernaemontana dichotoma is a shrub or a tree usually growing from 2 - 12 metres tall, exceptionally to 20 metres. The bole can be 15 - 30cm in diameter[
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

The seeds induce delirium and symptoms similar to those induced by Datura[
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Botanical References

464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

E. Asia - Sri Lanka, ?Myanmar, Malaysia.

Habitat

Montane forest and scrub, at elevations from 750 - 1,500 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. Moist low country at elevations up to 600 metres in Sri Lanka[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

HabitTree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The fruits are used in the treatment of ulcers and fistulae[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The latex is used to soften and ripen boils and carbuncles[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Pounded leaves and bark are externally applied on snake and centipede bites. A preparation of the bark is poulticed on grazed skin as an antiseptic and astringent[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Chewing the roots is said to relieve toothache[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

The pale-coloured wood is fine-grained and moderately hard[
464
Title
A Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon
Publication
 
Author
Trimen H.; continued by Hooker J.D.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Dulau and Co; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
Very dated, but still a useful work. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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