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Useful Tropical Plants

Xerophyta squarrosa

Baker

Velloziaceae

+ Synonyms

Vellozia squarrosa (Baker) Welw. ex B.J.Jacks.

Common Name:

Xerophyta squarrosa

General Information

Xerophyta squarrosa is a shrub that can grow up to 1.5 metres tall. The stem is around 30 - 50mm in diameter[
544
Title
Cataloge of African Plants Collected by Dr. Friedrich Welwitsch in 1853 - 1861
Publication
 
Author
Hiern. W.P.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Longmans & Co.; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
In 6 volumes, it gives botanical descriptions and some uses of the plants. It can be downloaded 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 brush.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Angola, Namibia.

Habitat

Bare rock; rocky slopes; sometimes in thick masses; at elevations around 600 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The stem is used for brushing together grain on grinding stones[
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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