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Useful Tropical Plants

Girardinia bullosa

(Steud.) Wedd.

Urticaceae

+ Synonyms

Urtica bullosa Steud.

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General Information

Girardinia bullosa is an erect, annual or short-lived perennial plant; the stems are generally unbranched or little branched near the top;; they are densely adorned with stinging hairs up to 8mm long; are somewhat lignified and usually hollow. The plant can grow 2 - 3 metres tall, with the stems up to 35mm in diameter[
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African Flowering Plants Database
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The plant is often harvested from the wild for local use of its fibre. It is sometimes cultivated[
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Known Hazards

The plant is densely covered with stinging hairs. It has the longest stinging hairs in the Urticaceae, but the sting seems less severe than that of some other genera, such as Laportea[
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Botanical References

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Flora of Tropical Africa Vol 1 - 8
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Var
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http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
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L.Reeve & Co.; Ashford, Kent.
Year
1868 - 1917
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Description
Very little information on habitat, range and uses, but gives good descriptions of the plants. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

East tropical Africa - southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, eastern DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania.

Habitat

Clearings and natural glades in rain-forest or at forest edges; grassland along roads and near houses; often in abandoned cultivations; forest with[?]sometimes in streamside marshes in wet montane forest, at elevations from 1,800 - 3,100 metres[
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African Flowering Plants Database
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Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant does not resprout after cutting[
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After the stems have been harvested in Burundi, the stinging hairs are removed and the entire bark is removed from the stem, after which the inner bark is separated in one piece and dried[
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Usually monoecious, the plant is occasionally dioecious, in which case both male and female forms will need to be grown if seed is required[

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The bast fibre is made into string, sewing thread and textiles[
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In Ethiopia the bark is used for tying animals, making fences and making rope[
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Propagation

Seed -
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Comments

Alphonse Nyandwi 13th December 2016 15:43
G. bullosa has trichomes on both adaxial and special. especially distributed on nerves on lower side which do sting. trichomes occur on all aerial plant organs

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