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Useful Tropical Plants

Telosma africana

(N.E.Br.) N.E.Br.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Pergularia africana N.E.Br.

Pergularia sanguinolenta Britten

Pergularia tacazzeana Chiov.

Telosma tacazzeanum (Chiov.) Chiov.

Common Name:

Telosma africana
Leaves
Photograph by: Stefan Dressler; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Stefan Dressler
Telosma africana Telosma africana

General Information

Telosma africana is a climbing plant growing up to 7 metres tall. The stems twine into the surrounding vegetation for support.
A resin from the plant is sometimes gathered from the wild and used as an adulterant of 'Dragon's Blood'.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - S. Africa. Naturalized in many parts of Tropical Africa.

Habitat

Riverine or damper deciduous forest.

Properties

HabitClimber
Height7.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

An extract from the plant is used to adulterate 'Dragon's Blood' (Dracaena spp.)[
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.
]. Dragon's blood is a red resin that has medicinal applications and is also used as a varnish; for staining wood in items such as violins; for embalming the dead[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2020-05-25. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Telosma+africana>

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