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Useful Tropical Plants

Triumfetta pilosa

Roth

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Triumfetta abyssinica K.Schum.

Triumfetta guazumaefolia Bojer

Triumfetta morrumbalana de Wild.

Common Name:

Triumfetta pilosa
Ripening fruits
Photograph by: Unknown
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens
Triumfetta pilosa Triumfetta pilosa

General Information

Triumfetta pilosa is a perennial herb or shrub growing up to 3 metres tall[
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]. The plant is often weak-stemmed and straggling or climbing[
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The plant has a range of local uses, being harvested from the wild especially for its fibre and medicinal applications.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
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Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

East tropical Africa -Sudan and Ethiopia, south to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar. E. Asia - Indian subcontinent, southern China, Malaysia.

Habitat

Forest, woodland and grassland, in swamp edges or on stream banks, along roads, in fallows and as a weed of cultivation, at elevations of 1,000 - 2,550 metres, occasionally to 2,750 metres[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The seed pods are covered in hairs which stick to clothes and the fur of animals, thus providing the plant with a means of seed dispersal[
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]. Although no specific reports have been seen for this species, several other members of the genus have used this to become weeds outside their native range[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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A very variable species, several forms have been named[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

An infusion of the leaf is drunk to treat colic and diarrhoea, whereas in East Africa an extract of the leaf is recorded to be drunk as a purgative[
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A leaf maceration is used as an eye bath for treatment of eye problems[
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The crushed leaf and twig are applied as a paste on sores[
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The bark and fresh leaves are astringent[
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]. They are used in the treatment of diarrhoea[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The leaves and flowers are used for the treatment of leprosy[
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Agroforestry Uses:

This species is an indicator of increasing fertility in wetlands. When it appears, the farmers put a fallow back under cultivation[
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Other Uses

The stem bark is much used for making rope and string[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The partially retted fibre is made into canvas and sailcloth, because of its durability in moist conditions[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The bark is traditionally made into barkcloth by hunter-gatherers in DR Congo.

Propagation

Seed -
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