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Useful Tropical Plants

Vaccinium calycinum

Sm.

Ericaceae

+ Synonyms

Metagonia calycina (Sm.) Nutt.

Vaccinium fauriei H.Lév.

Vaccinium hamatidens H.Lév.

Vaccinium meyenianum Klotzsch

Common Name:

Vaccinium calycinum
Fruiting stem
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General Information

Vaccinium calycinum is an erect, deciduous shrub growing 1 - 5 metres tall[
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Title
Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
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Native Plants Hawaii
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A website containing information on a range of native Hawaiian plants, with descriptions, habitat, traditional uses etc.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
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A web-based flora of Hawaiian plants giving descriptions and distribution, but not showing habitat.

Range

Pacific - Hawaii.

Habitat

Wet forests and bogs at elevations from 500 - 1,800 metres[
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Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
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http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
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Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Shrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit[
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Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
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http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
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Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
]. Insipid[
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Title
Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
A web-based flora of Hawaiian plants giving descriptions and distribution, but not showing habitat.
]. The bitter-tasting fruits are added in small quantities to the fruits of Vaccinium reticulatum before cooking in order to impart a special flavour to them[
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Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The bright red berries are 9 - 15mm in diameter, containing numerous, small seeds[
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Title
Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
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Author
 
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
A web-based flora of Hawaiian plants giving descriptions and distribution, but not showing habitat.
].

Medicinal

To treat stomach pains, the leaf buds, leaves and fruit are combined with the leaf buds and leaves of Canavalia cathartica or Dioclea wilsonii; the leaf buds, leaves, and fruit of Rumex spp.; the root of Curcuma longa; coconut (Cocos nucifera); and white sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) by pounding into a mash[
417
Title
Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
]. The mixture is strained with Cyperus javanicus and drunk once in the morning and again in the evening[
417
Title
Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
].

Other Uses

The new leaves, fruit and flowers are used in making leis[
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Title
Native Plants Hawaii
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Author
 
Website
http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A website containing information on a range of native Hawaiian plants, with descriptions, habitat, traditional uses etc.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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