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Useful Tropical Plants

Brachylaena merana

(Baker) Humbert

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Brachylaena coriifolia (Baker) Humbert

Vernonia coriifolia Baker

Vernonia merana Baker

Common Name:

Brachylaena merana
Flowering stem
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Brachylaena merana Brachylaena merana

General Information

Brachylaena merana is a small to medium-sized tree growing up to 25 metres tall with occasional specimens to 40 metres. The bole is usually up to 60 cm in diameter, exceptionally to 100cm[
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The tree is harvested from the wild and utilized locally for its wood and medicinal uses.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

Africa - Madagascar.

Habitat

Rainforest as well as deciduous and riverine forest at elevations up to 2,000 metres[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
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Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Leaf decoctions are used in traditional medicine to treat pulmonary and stomach complaints, as a tonic, and to stimulate the appetite[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

The wood is valued for construction, carpentry and railway sleepers. It has been used for traditional tombs[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
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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.
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299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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