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Useful Tropical Plants

Wissadula excelsior

(Cav.) C.Presl

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Abutilon excelsior (Cav.) G. Don

Abutilon ferrugineum Kunth

Abutilon patens A. St.-Hil.

Abutilon rufescens G. Don

Abutilon rufescens Turcz.

Sida excelsior Cav.

Sida ferruginea Kunth) DC.

Sida patens A. St.-Hil.) D. Dietr.

Wissadula ferruginea Kunth) Garcke & K. Schum.

Wissadula patens A. St.-Hil.) Garcke

Wissadula periplocifolia guatemalensis (Baker f.) Hochr.

Wissadula periplocifolia wrightiana Griseb.

Wissadula zeylanica guatemalense Baker f.

Wissadula zeylanica wrightiana (Griseb.) Baker f.

Common Name:

Wissadula excelsior
Flowers and leaf
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General Information

Wissadula excelsior is a perennial plant with stems that are usually annual but often become woody, at least at the base[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
]. The stems, which can be 1 - 2.5 metres tall, grow from a woody, perennial rootstock.
The plant yields a good quality fibre.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

S. America - Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; Central America - Panama to southern Mexico; Caribbean - Cuba.

Habitat

Usually in moist thickets at elevations up to 900 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.80 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A tough, fine fibre is obtained from the stems[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Propagation

Seed -

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