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Useful Tropical Plants

Trimezia martinicensis

(Jacq.) Herb.

Iridaceae

+ Synonyms

Cipura martinicensis (Jacq.) Kunth

Cipura semiaperta Heynh.

Ferraria lurida Salisb.

Iris martinicensis Jacq.

Lansbergia caracasana de Vriese

Lansbergia martinicensis (Jacq.) Baker

Lansbergia meridensis Klatt

Marica martinicensis (Jacq.) Ker Gawl.

Marica semiaperta Lodd.

Poarchon fluminensis Allemão

Remaclea funebris C.Morren

Sisyrinchium fluminense Vell.

Sisyrinchium galaxioides Gomes

Trimezia bahiensis Ravenna

Trimezia caracasana (de Vriese) Benth. & Hook.f. ex B.D.Jacks.

Trimezia connata Ravenna

Trimezia galaxioides (Gomes) Ravenna

Trimezia lurida Salisb.

Trimezia meridensis Herb.

Trimezia semiaperta (Lodd.) Ravenna

Tritonia riparia Cordem.

Vieusseuxia martinicensis (Jacq.) DC.

Xanthocromyon herbertii H.Karst.

Common Name: Walking Iris

Trimezia martinicensis
Flowering plants
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Trimezia martinicensis Trimezia martinicensis

General Information

Walking iris is an evergreen, stemless, perennial plant with a cluster of leaves arising from small fibrous-coated corms. The flowering stems, which can be 30 - 80cm tall, produce viviparous plantlets at their joints which root and produce new plants when the stem bends over[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
,
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 gathered from the wild for local medicinal use. It is also often grown in gardens as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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/
,
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.

Range

S. America - Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela; north through the Caribbean to Jamaica; Central America - Guatemala, Mexico.

Habitat

Mostly in dense wet mixed forest at elevations from 200 - 1,600 metres in Guatemala[
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/
]. Damp grassy places, mostly on heavy soils, at elevations from 45 - 1,500 metres[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Perennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the moist tropics, succeeding in both seasonally dry and all year round wet environments.
Prefers a position in light shade[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
,
423
Title
Desert Tropicals
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
]. Grows best in a well-drained soil[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
].
The plant sometimes escapes from cultivation and becomes naturalized[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
].
The plant flowers and fruits all year round[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
]. Individual flowers only live for one day.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the root is administered as a domestic remedy for chills[
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 used as a laxative[
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 plant is an effective purgative[
528
Title
Indicador de Madeiras e Plantas Uteis do Brasil.
Publication
 
Author
Fonseca E. T. De
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
 
Year
1922
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details of some of the uses of Brazilian plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
New plantlets are formed on the flowering stems - the stems eventually droop and, when the plantlets touch the ground they produce roots and become new plants[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
].

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