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Useful Tropical Plants

Abelmoschus sagittifolius

(Kurz) Merr.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Abelmoschus brevicapsulatus (Hochr.) Hochr.

Abelmoschus coccineus S.Y.Hu

Abelmoschus esquirolii (H.Lév.) S.Y.Hu

Abelmoschus moschatus rugosus (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) Hochr.

Abelmoschus moschatus tuberosus (Span.) Borss.Waalk.

Abelmoschus rhodopetalus F.Muell.

Abelmoschus rugosus Wall. ex Wight & Arn.

Abelmoschus sharpei Copel. ex Merr.

Abelmoschus todayensis Elmer

Abelmoschus vanoverberghii Merr.

Hibiscus bellicorus H.Lév.

Hibiscus brevicapsulatus Hochr.

Hibiscus esquirolii H.Lév.

Hibiscus rhodopetalus (F.Muell.) F.Muell. ex Benth.

Hibiscus rugosus (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) Roxb. ex Mast.

Hibiscus sagittifolius Kurz

Hibiscus sharpei (Copel. ex Merr.) Hochr.

Hibiscus todayensis (Elmer) Hochr.

Common Name:

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General Information

Abelmoschus sagittifolius is a herbaceous perennial plant usually growing around 50 - 100cm tall, occasionally to 200cm, from a fleshy, tuberous rootstock that is around 4 - 5cm thick[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is widely used in herbal medicine in Vietnam and China, and can be found for sale in local markets. It is harvested from the wild for use as a medicine, and is also cultivated for medicinal use in Vietnam and exported to China. It is often grown as an ornamental[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - India, Myanmar, southern China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea and Australia (Queensland)

Habitat

Open Pinus forests, hills, grassy slopes, wastelands[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.70 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The roots are rich in mucilage and are reconstituent, antitussive, cooling, demulcent, emmenagogic and tonic. They are used in the treatment of various conditions such as general debility, insomnia, pulmonary tuberculosis, anorexia, infantile stomatitis, rachitis, persistent fever and cough, sore throat, bronchitis, menstrual disorders, lumbago, body pains, ventigo and leucorrhoea[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
,
785
Title
Medicinal Plants of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Duong
Publisher
Mekong Printing; Vietnam (Printers)
Year
1993
ISBN
0-9837303-1-2
Description
Published by the author, this is an excellent book on the medicinal attributes of plants growing in the area that used to be called Indo-China.
].
The roots, collected in autumn and winter, are soaked in rice wash for 12 hours, then steamed and dried in the sun or in dryers[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
].

The leaves and flowers are used to make a poultice that is used to treat scabies[
785
Title
Medicinal Plants of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Duong
Publisher
Mekong Printing; Vietnam (Printers)
Year
1993
ISBN
0-9837303-1-2
Description
Published by the author, this is an excellent book on the medicinal attributes of plants growing in the area that used to be called Indo-China.
].

The plant is a potential substitute for the widely used herb marshmallow (Althaea officinalis). It has similar properties and is a better source of mucilage (up to 40% compared with 20%)[
785
Title
Medicinal Plants of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Duong
Publisher
Mekong Printing; Vietnam (Printers)
Year
1993
ISBN
0-9837303-1-2
Description
Published by the author, this is an excellent book on the medicinal attributes of plants growing in the area that used to be called Indo-China.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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