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Useful Tropical Plants

Xyris jupicai

Rich.

Xyridaceae

+ Synonyms

Xyris acuminata Miq. ex Steud.

Xyris anceps Pers.

Xyris arenicola Miq.

Xyris communis Kunth

Xyris guianensis Klotzsch

Xyris gymnoptera Griseb.

Xyris jupicae Michx.

Xyris laxifolia minor Mart.

Xyris laxifolia sellowiana (Kunth) Seub.

Xyris macrocephala Vahl

Xyris sellowiana Kunth

Xyris surinamensis Miq.

Common Name:

Xyris jupicai
The yellow-flowered plant, growing in its native habitat
Photograph by: Mauricio Mercadante
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General Information

Xyris jupicai is an annual or short-lived perennial plant growing from 10 - 100cm tall[
485
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Vol 75
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden: Boston.
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
Contains, amongst other things, an article on the flora of Tanzania, a treatment of the genus Xyris and one for the Panamanian Boraginaceae. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use. It is sometimes cultivated in Brazil, probably for medicinal purposes[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
,
485
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Vol 75
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden: Boston.
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
Contains, amongst other things, an article on the flora of Tanzania, a treatment of the genus Xyris and one for the Panamanian Boraginaceae. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, north to Cuba in the Caribbean, through C. America to Mexico and Texas, eastern N. America to New Jersey.

Habitat

A common wetlands weed over much of its range[
485
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Vol 75
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden: Boston.
Year
1988
ISBN
 
Description
Contains, amongst other things, an article on the flora of Tanzania, a treatment of the genus Xyris and one for the Panamanian Boraginaceae. It can be downloaded from the internet.
]. In marshes or bogs, sometimes in sandy soil along streams, at elevations up to 1,700 metres[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of mainly low elevations, being found from the temperate zone through to the hot tropics.

The plant is a weed within its native range, though we have seen no reports of it becoming a weed outside this range[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The root is cathartic and emetic[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is used in the treatment of eczema and leprosy[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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