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Useful Tropical Plants

Trimezia juncifolia

(Klatt) Benth. & Hook.f.

Iridaceae

+ Synonyms

Cypella cathartica (Klatt) Mart. ex Klatt

Cypella purgans Mart. ex Klatt

Ferraria cathartica Mart.

Ferraria purgans Mart.

Lansbergia cathartica Klatt

Lansbergia juncifolia Klatt

Lansbergia purgans Klatt

Pseudotrimezia cathartica (Klatt) Ravenna

Trimezia bicolor Ravenna

Trimezia cathartica (Klatt) Niederl.

Trimezia fibrosa Ravenna

Common Name:

Trimezia juncifolia
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: João Medeiros
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General Information

Trimezia juncifolia is an evergreen, stemless perennial plant producing a rosette of leaves up to 1 metre tall from small, fibrous-coated corms[
461
Title
Diccionario das Plantas Uteis do Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Correa M.P.
Publisher
Imprensa Nacional; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in 6 volumes giving details of the various uses of Brazilian plants.
].
The bulb is often gathered from the wild and used locally as a laxative and purgative.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Brazil.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Bulb
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots (bulb?[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]) are emmenagogue, purgative and tonic[
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.
].
The bulbs are sweetish and inodorous; they are used as a gentle laxative for children[
461
Title
Diccionario das Plantas Uteis do Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Correa M.P.
Publisher
Imprensa Nacional; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in 6 volumes giving details of the various uses of Brazilian plants.
]. At higher doses the bulbs become purgative and are commonly used by adults as a substitute for rhubarb (Rheum spp.)[
461
Title
Diccionario das Plantas Uteis do Brasil
Publication
 
Author
Correa M.P.
Publisher
Imprensa Nacional; Rio de Janeiro
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work in 6 volumes giving details of the various uses of Brazilian plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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