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Useful Tropical Plants

Xerophyta suaveolens

(Greves) N.L.Menezes

Velloziaceae

+ Synonyms

Vellozia suaveolens Greves

Common Name:

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General Information

Xerophyta suaveolens is an irregularly branched shrub growing 15 - 200cm tall, with a blackish fibrous erect stem 5 - 20cm in diameter arising from the base[
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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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a chewstick.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Zambia, Malawi, southern Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Habitat

Mopane-Acacia- and miombo woodland; rocky places; sandy slopes; stream banks; often in dry situations; bare exposed rocks; cliffs in Brachystegia woodland; termitaria; savannah; at elevations from 250 - 1,700 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.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.20 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The peeled twigs are used as chewing sticks in order to clean the teeth and maintain oral hygiene[
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Title
Antimicrobial Activity of Tanzanian Chewing Sticks Against Oral Pathogenic Microbes
Publication
Pharmaceutical Biology, 38:3, 235-240; 2000
Author
Maryam N. Khan, Olipa Ngassapa & Mecky I.N. Matee
Website
https://doi.org/10.1076/1388-0209(200007)3831-SFT235
Publisher
 
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
 
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Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2018-10-21. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Xerophyta+suaveolens>

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