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Useful Tropical Plants

Biophytum umbraculum

Welw.

Oxalidaceae

+ Synonyms

Biophytum apodiscias (Turcz.) Edgew. & Hook.f.

Biophytum petersianum Klotzsch

Biophytum sessile (Buch.-Ham. ex Baill.) R.Knuth

Oxalis apodiscias Turcz.

Oxalis gracilenta Kurz

Oxalis petersiana (Klotzsch) C.Müller

Oxalis petersii Edgew. & Hook.f.

Oxalis sessilis Buch.-Ham. ex Baill.

Common Name:

Biophytum umbraculum
Flower and leaves
Photograph by: Warren McCleland; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Warren McCleland

General Information

Biophytum umbraculum is an annual plant with an unbranched stem, growing 4 - 15cm tall[
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 sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

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

Tropical Africa, Madagascar, E. Asia - China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea.

Habitat

Mountain valleys, forests, at elevations of 800 - 1,600 metres in southern China[
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 *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.10 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of low to medium elevations in the tropics, where it can be found at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
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
]. It has a distinct preference for areas with a fairly well pronounced dry season[
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
].
Prefers a sunny position[
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
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is eaten by women in order to increase their fertility[
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
].
A decoction of the plant is used to treat snake bites and as a purgative for children[
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
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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