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Useful Tropical Plants

Xerophyta dasylirioides

Baker

Velloziaceae

+ Synonyms

Vellozia dasylirioides (Baker) Poiss.

Common Name:

Xerophyta dasylirioides
Plants growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Peter B. Phillipson
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General Information

Xerophyta dasylirioides is a much-branched, evergreen perennial plant with stems that become more or less woody; it can grow up to 2 metres tall[
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 grass-like leaves are found in tufts at the ends of the branches.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a cleaner and for kindling.

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

Denuded granite, gneiss and quartz rocks at elevations from 500 - 2,0000 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

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.50 m
Growth RateSlow
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Established plants are extremely drought tolerant.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaves are used for cleaning metal pans and utensils[
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.
].

The dried leaves have been used as kindling for igniting fires[
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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