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Useful Tropical Plants

Xerophyta pinifolia

Lam. ex Poir.

Velloziaceae

+ Synonyms

Vellozia neglecta (Schult. & Schult.f.) Poiss.

Vellozia pinifolia (Lam. ex Poir.) Poiss.

Xerophyta madagascariensis J.F.Gmel.

Xerophyta neglecta Schult. & Schult.f.

Xerophyta pinifolia villosa H.Perrier

Common Name:

Xerophyta pinifolia
Flowering plant in native habitat
Photograph by: Peter B. Phillipson
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Xerophyta pinifolia Xerophyta pinifolia

General Information

Xerophyta pinifolia is an evergreen perennial plant with more or less woody stems that persist; it can grow up to 60cm 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 grass-like leaves are found in tufts at the ends of the branches.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a cleaner.

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

Rocky and dry areas, always on acidic, silicaceous rocks such as granite, gneiss and quartz; at elevations from 100 - 1,200 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

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Established plants are very 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.
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Propagation

Seed -
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