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Useful Tropical Plants

Vaccinium dentatum

Sm.

Ericaceae

+ Synonyms

Metagonia penduliflora (Gaudich.) Nutt.

Vaccinium penduliflorum Gaudich.

Common Name:

Vaccinium dentatum
Flowering plant in Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, USA.
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General Information

Vaccinium dentatum is a decumbent, sprawling, or weakly rhizomatous, evergreen shrub growing 30 - 200cm tall, occasionally to 300cm[
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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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Range

Pacific - Hawaii.

Habitat

Wet forests and bogs[
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Properties

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HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
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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[
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Title
Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
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Title
Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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