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Useful Tropical Plants

Xylopia discreta

(L.f.) Sprague & Hutch.

Annonaceae

+ Synonyms

Unona discreta L.f.

Common Name:

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General Information

Xylopia discreta is an evergreen tree growing up to 30 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes used locally, being harvested from the wild for medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Central America - Panama.

Habitat

Ridge and marsh forests along rivers in the coastal regions[
422
Title
Fruits of the Guianan Flora
Publication
 
Author
van Roosmalen. M.G.M.
Publisher
Institute of Systematic Boyany, Utrecht University; Netherlands.
Year
1985
ISBN
90-9000988-4
Description
Terse descriptions of over 1,700 species from the Guianas that bear fruits - not necessarily edible! Often mentions if the fruit is edible, plus gives brief description of habit and habitat.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of mainly low elevations in the moist tropics.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

An infusion of the dry powdered fruit is employed as an antispasmodic in the treatment of dysentery[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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