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Useful Tropical Plants

Vaccinium reticulatum

Sm.

Ericaceae

+ Synonyms

Vaccinium berberidifolium (A. Gray) Skottsb.

Vaccinium macraeanum Klotzsch

Vaccinium pahalae Skottsb.

Vaccinium peleanum Skottsb.

Common Name:

Vaccinium reticulatum
Flowering plant in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
Photograph by: Malcolm Manners
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General Information

Vaccinium reticulatum is an evergreen, rhizomatous shrubs with aerial shoots stiffly erect, usually 10 - 130cm tall but occasionally to 200cm[
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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

Often an early successional plant on new lava flows or exposed sites[
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Properties

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HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit[
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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
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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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Description
Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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