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Useful Tropical Plants

Biophytum abyssinicum

Steud. ex A.Rich.

Oxalidaceae

+ Synonyms

Biophytum reinwardtii (Zucc.) Klotzsch

Oxalis abyssinica (Steud. ex A.Rich.) Walp.

Oxalis reinwardtii Zucc.

Common Name:

Biophytum abyssinicum
Drawing of the leaves and flowers (Fig A - C only)
Photograph by: Engler, H.G.A., Das Pflanzenreich, Oxalidaceae, vol. 130: [Heft 95], p. 396, fig. 23 A-C (1930)
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General Information

Biophytum abyssinicum is an annual plant growing 5 - 30cm tall[
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, and also occasionally cultivated, for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - mainly eastern from Eritrea to Zimbabwe and Mozambique; Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea.

Habitat

Damp shady often rocky places in open grassland or Brachystegia and Colophospermum mopane woodland; occasionally common in bare sandy ground, usually at elevations of 380 - 1,600 metres, extending to 2,650 metres in Kenya[
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 *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.20 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is used as a treatment against smallpox, rashes and fevers[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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