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Useful Tropical Plants

Critonia dalea

(L.) DC.

Asteraceae


Some authorities use the name Eupatorium dalea for this species[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

+ Synonyms

Eupatorium dalea L.

Common Name: Cigar Bush

Critonia dalea

General Information

Cigar bush is a shrub growing 2 - 5 metres tall or a tree up to 6 metres [
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].
The tree has been used as a vanilla substitute and has local medicinal applications.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.

Range

Caribbean - Cuba, Jamaica.

Habitat

Locally common in thickets and woodland on limestone, often in rather arid or rugged, exposed areas, at elevations from near sea level to about 750 metres[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A rum made from the leaves and flowers is used in medicine[
567
Title
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol. 8
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Government Printing Office; Washington.
Year
1905
ISBN
 
Description
Includes an article on the economic plants of Puerto Rico. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

The plant has a strong smell of coumarin[
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 as a substitute for vanilla[
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.
]. The withered ears or leaves, when just dried, have a most sweet smell, nearly equal to vanilla. They are used in Spanish cigaroes as a perfume, instead of vanilla[
568
Title
Memoir of the late William Wright M.D.
Publication
 
Author
Wright W.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
William Blackwood; Edinburgh.
Year
1828
ISBN
 
Description
An interesting collection of notes on plants, including a list of medicinal plants from Trinidad. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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