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Useful Tropical Plants

Tetracera indica

(Christm. & Panz.) Merr.

Dilleniaceae

+ Synonyms

Assa exotica Gmel.

Assa indica Houtt. ex Christm. & Panz.

Eleiastis laevis Raf.

Tetracera assa DC.

Tetracera dichotoma Blume

Tetracera gracilis Blume

Tetracera laevis Vahl

Tetracera malabarica Lam.

Tetracera trigyna Roxb.

Tetracera wahlbomia DC.

Wahlbomia indica Thunb.

Common Name:

Tetracera indica
Close-up of the flowers
Photograph by: Meneerke bloem
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General Information

Tetracera indica is an evergreen shrub. It varies in habit from a small shrub growing only 2 metres tall in areas of open vegetation to a woody climbing plant producing stems up to 5 metres long in thickets and forests[
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Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].
The leaves are harvested from the wild and used locally as a sandpaper, whilst the plant also has a range of local medicinal uses.

Known Hazards

In India, the plant is reputed to be a fish poison[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Botanical References

451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet

Range

Southeast Asia - Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

A small shrub in open places; a low liana, climbing over low shrubs, in brushwood and open forest at elevations from sea-level to 600 metres[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height4.00 m
Growth RateMedium
PollinatorsBees, Insects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Plants can be trimmed into a desired shape.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots and leaves are used to treat itch[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

An infusion of the shoots is used in the treatment of pulmonary haemorrhages[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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An infusion of the shoots is used as a gargle for the treatment of mouth ulcers[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The finely crushed young shoots are made into a poultice and put on bites of poisonous snakes and festering fingers[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

The fruits are used as a treatment against common cold[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

The rough leaves are used as a sandpaper for smoothing wood and for polishing metalwork[
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.
,
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

The flexible and tough young stem may serve as rough cordage[
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.
,
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Propagation

Seed -
Division of suckers[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2020-10-29. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Tetracera+indica>

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