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Useful Tropical Plants

Weinmannia rutenbergii

Engl.

Cunoniaceae

+ Synonyms

Weinmannia eriocarpa fruticulosa Pamp.

Common Name:

Weinmannia rutenbergii
Flowering branches
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Weinmannia rutenbergii Weinmannia rutenbergii

General Information

Weinmannia rutenbergii ranges in height from a small shrub that can be only 30cm tall up to a medium-sized tree that can reach 20 metres tall[
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Title
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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455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, dye plant and source of wood. This is probably one of the most commonly exploited Weinmannia species in Madagascar for its wood[
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Title
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Website
http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

Africa - Madagascar.

Habitat

Evergreen forests ; land degraded by fire; scrub and grassland; at elevations up to 2,200 metres[
455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
].

Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



This species has a remarkable ability to adapt to the damage caused by fire and the disappearance of the forest - in healthy humid forests it can be a tree up to 20 metres tall but when the forest is destroyed by fire, or in environments where fire recurs frequently, it can persist for perhaps 50 - 100 years with small shoots no more than 60cm tall growing from a large underground root system. If the right conditions return, then it can once more grow back into a tree form[
455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The bark and leaves of this and some other species are used in traditional medicine, especially as astringents and to treat headache[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
565
Title
Madagascar. An Environmental Profile.
Publication
 
Author
Jenkins M.D. (Editor)
Publisher
World Conservation Monitoring Centre; Cambridge.
Year
1987
ISBN
2-88032-607-9
Description
Contains a list of the Ethnobotanical uses of Madagascar plants.
].

Other Uses

Pieces of bark and wood of several Weinmannia species, probably including this one, have been used to prepare a reddish brown dye[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. It should be noted that the identity of Weinmannia species in the literature is often uncertain because of misidentifications and confusion. This is a result of the many species present in Madagascar and difficulties in using identification keys[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

The wood is heavy. It is used for many purposes including parquet flooring[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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