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Useful Tropical Plants

Dracaena angustifolia

(Medik.) Roxb.

Asparagaceae

+ Synonyms

Cordyline reflexa (Lam.) Endl.

Cordyline rumphii Hook.

Dracaena australasica (Ridl.) Jankalski

Dracaena ensiformis Wall. ex Voigt

Dracaena fruticosa K.Koch

Dracaena fruticosa Regel

Dracaena linearifolia Kurz

Dracaena menglaensis G.Z.Ye

Dracaena quitensis Baker

Dracaena rumphii (Hook.) Regel

Draco angustifolia (Roxb.) Kuntze

Draco fruticosa (K.Koch) Kuntze

Pandanus inermis Blanco

Pleomele angustifolia (Medik.) N.E.Br.

Pleomele australasica Ridl.

Pleomele flexuosa (Blume) N.E.Br.

Pleomele fruticosa (K.Koch) N.E.Br.

Sansevieria flexuosa Blume

Sansevieria fruticosa Blume

Terminalis angustifolia Medik.

Common Name:

Dracaena angustifolia
Fruits and leaves
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General Information

Dracaena angustifolia is an evergreen shrubby plant with a rhizomatous rootstock, producing stems 1 - 3 metres tall with no or few branches[
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 stems are around 4cm in diameter.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is sometimes planted around villages[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
].

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 - China, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Is.

Habitat

Forests and thickets[
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.
]. Rainforests, in areas near rivers and streams, growing in both primary and the more open secondary formations[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen , Shrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Prefers a moist but well-drained soil in a sunny position[
302
Title
Tropical Ornamentals; A Guide
Publication
 
Author
Whistler. W. Arthur.
Publisher
Timber Press Inc. Oregon.
Year
2000
ISBN
0-88192-448-2
Description
An excellent little guide to some of the more commonly cultivated ornamental plants of the Tropics, often giving some information on the plants other uses.
].

Edible Uses

Very young leaves - cooked and eaten as a side dish with rice[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].
The leaves can be pounded then mixed with water to give a green juice that is used for colouring an Indian pastry made of glutinous rice[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Fruits - roasted[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The orange, globose berry is 8 - 12mm in diameter[
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.
].

Medicinal

The juice squeezed from the boiled leaves is drunk as a remedy for asthma and shortness of breath[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
]. A decoction of the leaves is given to people suffering weight loss and poor appetite[
481
Title
Medicinal Plants in Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
2009
ISBN
978-92-9061-249-0
Description
Traditional medicinal uses of 126 species from Papua New Guinea, including information on any modern research into the plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings
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