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Useful Tropical Plants

Geranium mexicanum

Kunth

Geraniaceae

+ Synonyms

Geranium resimum Small

Geranium temascaltepecense R.Knuth

Common Name:

Geranium mexicanum
Flower and developing seedpods
Photograph by: Patrick Alexander
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Geranium mexicanum Geranium mexicanum Geranium mexicanum

General Information

Geranium mexicanum is a perennial plant producing spreading or prostrate annual stems 20 - 70cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Central America - Mexico.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of subtropical to tropical areas, where it is generally found at elevations above 1,900 metres.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the leaves, combined with the leaves of Gaultheria sp., is used as a tonic, especially for elderly patients[
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 roots are astringent. Various studies have shown that they are a very effective treatment for diarrhoea and dysentery[
580
Title
Effect of plants used in Mexico to treat gastrointestinal disorders on charcoal-gum acacia-induced hyperperistalsis
Publication
 
Author
Calzada F.; Arista R.; Perez H.
Publisher
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Year
2010
ISBN
 
Description
A study of 28 plant extracts and their effectiveness in treating diarrhoea and dysentery.
,
581
Title
In vitro antiprotozoal activity from the roots of Geranium mexicanum
Publication
 
Author
Calzada F.; Cervantes-Martínez J.A.; Yépez-Mulia L.
Publisher
Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol 98
Year
2005
ISBN
 
Description
A scientific paper examining the antiprotozal effect of Geranium mexicanum.
]. The roots have been shown to be 100% effective in treating hyperperistalsis of the digestive tract[
581
Title
In vitro antiprotozoal activity from the roots of Geranium mexicanum
Publication
 
Author
Calzada F.; Cervantes-Martínez J.A.; Yépez-Mulia L.
Publisher
Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol 98
Year
2005
ISBN
 
Description
A scientific paper examining the antiprotozal effect of Geranium mexicanum.
]. Extracts from the roots have shown antiprotozoal activity[
581
Title
In vitro antiprotozoal activity from the roots of Geranium mexicanum
Publication
 
Author
Calzada F.; Cervantes-Martínez J.A.; Yépez-Mulia L.
Publisher
Journal of Ethnopharmacology Vol 98
Year
2005
ISBN
 
Description
A scientific paper examining the antiprotozal effect of Geranium mexicanum.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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