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Useful Tropical Plants

Gymnanthemum coloratum

(Willd.) H.Rob. & B.Kahn.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Baccharis senegalensis Pers.

Centratherum grande (DC.) Nob

Decaneurum grande DC.

Decaneurum senegalense (Pers.) DC.

Eupatorium coloratum Willd.

Gymnanthemum bolleanum Steetz

Gymnanthemum cupulare Cass.

Gymnanthemum grande (DC.) Sch.Bip. ex Walp.

Gymnanthemum quercifolium Steetz

Gymnanthemum senegalense (Pers.) Sch.Bip. ex Walp.

Vernonia aldabrensis Hemsl.

Vernonia caboverdeana Lobin

Vernonia cirrhifera S.Moore

Vernonia colorata (Willd.) Drake

Vernonia grandis (DC.) Bojer ex Vatke

Vernonia grandis (DC.) Humb.

Vernonia grandis Boj. ex DC.

Vernonia longipetiolata Muschl.

Vernonia oxyura O.Hoffm.

Vernonia polyura O.Hoffm.

Vernonia quercifolia Vatke

Vernonia senegalensis (Pers.) Less.

Common Name:

Gymnanthemum coloratum
Flowers and leaves
Photograph by: Robert v. Blittersdorff; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Robert v. Blittersdorff
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General Information

Vernonia colorata is a shrub or small tree usually growing from 1.5 - 7.5 metres tall. The bole can be up to 30cm in diameter[
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 gathered from the wild for local use as a medicinal and a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
,
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.

Range

East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, eastern DR Congo, Mozambique, Botswana, S. Africa.

Habitat

Savannah at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
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.
]. Found in a variety of habitats including miombo, mixed deciduous and escarpment woodlands, riverine vegetation, grassland and sometimes on termite mounds[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
]. Only eaten occasionally[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Medicinal

The bitter bark of the trunk and root is tonic[
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 in the treatment of fevers and diarrhoea[
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 leaves are astringent[
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 plant has similar properties to bitterleaf (Vernonia amygdalina), and can also be used to treat convulsions, urticaria and mycoses[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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