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Useful Tropical Plants

Grewia pubescens

P.Beauv.

Malvaceae


Grewia pubescens is very close to Grewia mollis Juss., and has sometimes been treated as a synonym of that species.

+ Synonyms

Grewia claessensii De Wild.

Grewia gigantiflora K.Schum.

Grewia tetragastris R.Br. ex Mast.

Common Name:

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General Information

Grewia pubescens is a shrub or a small tree, sometimes with stems that become more or less scandent; it can grow up to 9 metres long with a stem from 5 - 15cm in diameter[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
,
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
,
736
Title
Flora of West Tropical Africa
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=2025
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online flora, not yet complet (2012). Very comprehensive as regards to species covered, but the information on each species is often rather terse.

Range

West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Central African Republic, southern Sudan and Uganda, south to Angola and DR Congo

Habitat

Secondary forest; fallow land, gallery forest; at elevations from 1,050 - 1,250 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
,
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
,
1026
Title
Useful Plants of Ghana
Publication
 
Author
Abbiw D.K.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, UK
Year
1990
ISBN
1-85339-043-7
Description
The book is ordered by usage, rather than by plant. It makes it easier to look up individual uses, but rather difficult to collate all the uses of each species. Otherwise, a well-researched book.
]. The fruit is a 2 - 4 lobed drupe, each lobe around 6 - 7mm long and 5 - 6mm wide[
610
Title
Flora of Tropical East Africa
Publication
 
Author
Beentje H.J.
Website
http://plants.jstor.org/search?st=396814
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
2002
ISBN
 
Description
Available on-line, a modern flora of East Africa.
].

The ashes of the burnt roots are used as a salt-like flavouring in foods[
1026
Title
Useful Plants of Ghana
Publication
 
Author
Abbiw D.K.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, UK
Year
1990
ISBN
1-85339-043-7
Description
The book is ordered by usage, rather than by plant. It makes it easier to look up individual uses, but rather difficult to collate all the uses of each species. Otherwise, a well-researched book.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are febrifuge and an infusion is used in the treatment of fevers[
1026
Title
Useful Plants of Ghana
Publication
 
Author
Abbiw D.K.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, UK
Year
1990
ISBN
1-85339-043-7
Description
The book is ordered by usage, rather than by plant. It makes it easier to look up individual uses, but rather difficult to collate all the uses of each species. Otherwise, a well-researched book.
].
Applied topically, the leaves or the mucilage extracted from them, are used to treat wounds, cuts, sores and ulcers[
1026
Title
Useful Plants of Ghana
Publication
 
Author
Abbiw D.K.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, UK
Year
1990
ISBN
1-85339-043-7
Description
The book is ordered by usage, rather than by plant. It makes it easier to look up individual uses, but rather difficult to collate all the uses of each species. Otherwise, a well-researched book.
].
The leaf-sap is antidote and is used to treat venomous stings, bites, etc[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
]

An infusion of the bark is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[
1026
Title
Useful Plants of Ghana
Publication
 
Author
Abbiw D.K.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, UK
Year
1990
ISBN
1-85339-043-7
Description
The book is ordered by usage, rather than by plant. It makes it easier to look up individual uses, but rather difficult to collate all the uses of each species. Otherwise, a well-researched book.
].
Applied topically, the bark, or the mucilage extracted from it, is used to treat wounds, cuts and sores[
1026
Title
Useful Plants of Ghana
Publication
 
Author
Abbiw D.K.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, UK
Year
1990
ISBN
1-85339-043-7
Description
The book is ordered by usage, rather than by plant. It makes it easier to look up individual uses, but rather difficult to collate all the uses of each species. Otherwise, a well-researched book.
].

The root is used topically to treat smallpox pustules[
1026
Title
Useful Plants of Ghana
Publication
 
Author
Abbiw D.K.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, UK
Year
1990
ISBN
1-85339-043-7
Description
The book is ordered by usage, rather than by plant. It makes it easier to look up individual uses, but rather difficult to collate all the uses of each species. Otherwise, a well-researched book.
].

Other Uses

A fibre obtained from the bark is used to make cordage[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
,
1026
Title
Useful Plants of Ghana
Publication
 
Author
Abbiw D.K.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, UK
Year
1990
ISBN
1-85339-043-7
Description
The book is ordered by usage, rather than by plant. It makes it easier to look up individual uses, but rather difficult to collate all the uses of each species. Otherwise, a well-researched book.
].
The stems are beaten, washed and then dried to make a sponge-like material that is used for washing the body[
1321
Title
Swaziland's Flora - siSwati Names and Uses
Publication
 
Author
Chris Long
Website
http://www.sntc.org.sz/flora/chrislong.asp
Publisher
 
Year
2005
ISBN
 
Description
A basic, but very long, list of names and uses.
].

The wood is light in weight, strong and elastic. It is used for spears[
1026
Title
Useful Plants of Ghana
Publication
 
Author
Abbiw D.K.
Publisher
The Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew, UK
Year
1990
ISBN
1-85339-043-7
Description
The book is ordered by usage, rather than by plant. It makes it easier to look up individual uses, but rather difficult to collate all the uses of each species. Otherwise, a well-researched book.
]

Propagation

Seed - we have no specific information for this species but seed of this genus is generally best sown as soon as it is ripe. Stored seed has a hard seedcoat and may benefit from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!), allowing the mix to cool somewhat and then leaving it in a warm place to soak for 12 - 24 hours. Sow the seeds in situ or in a nursery seedbed or trays - do not allow the compost to become dry. Germination and early growth are usually quite quick.
Cuttings - best taken with a heel.
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