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Useful Tropical Plants

Xerophyta spekei

Baker

Velloziaceae

+ Synonyms

Barbacenia aequatorialis (Rendle) Harms

Barbacenia helenae Buscal. & Muschl.

Barbacenia spekei (Baker) Harms

Barbacenia tomentosa Pax

Vellozia aequatorialis Rendle

Vellozia spekei (Baker) B.D.Jacks.

Vellozia tomentosa (T.Durand & Schinz) Baker

Xerophyta aequatorialis (Rendle) N.L.Menezes

Xerophyta tomentosa T.Durand & Schinz

Common Name:

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General Information

Xerophyta spekei is a very variable, much-branched shrub or a tree; it can grow from 2 - 5 metres tall. The stems are up to 13cm in diameter; they are covered with persistent leaf-sheaths, with tufts of grass-like leaves at the ends[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.

Range

Tropical Africa - Ethiopia, DR Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia.

Habitat

Rock outcrops, at elevations from 300 - 1,900 metres[
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Properties

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HabitShrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Established plants are very drought tolerant.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

In traditional medicine the leaf is used in case of stiffness of the neck or other body parts; a piece of cloth is put on the aching part, and the area is rubbed with the warmed leaf[
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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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Other Uses

The stem is pounded and made into very strong brooms and paintbrushes[
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Unspecified plant parts are used for cleaning metal pans and utensils[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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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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Propagation

Seed -
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