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Useful Tropical Plants

Gymnosporia serrata

(Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Loes.

Celastraceae

+ Synonyms

Celastrus schimperi Hochst. ex A.Rich.

Celastrus serratus Hochst. ex A.Rich.

Maytenus serrata (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) R.Wilczek

Common Name:

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General Information

Gymnosporia serrata is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing from 0.8 - 4 metres tall, with spines up to 27mm long[
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.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for its leaves, which are used medicinally. The plant has also been suggested as an evergreen hedge.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northeast Africa - Ethiopia.

Habitat

Rocky or grassy slopes or in flatter areas in open fields as bushes often in clumps of 2 - 4 together, at elevations of around 1,650 - 2,250 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.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves, known as 'add-add', are used in the treatment of malaria[
526
Title
An Illustrated Dictionary of Medicine, Biology and Allied Sciences.
Publication
 
Author
Gould G.M.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
P. Blakiston's Son & Co.; Philadelphia.
Year
1907
ISBN
 
Description
A major work at the time, though very dated now. Contains quite a lot of information about medicinal plant uses.
]. They contain tannin, a bitter principle, celastrin, and a volatile oil[
526
Title
An Illustrated Dictionary of Medicine, Biology and Allied Sciences.
Publication
 
Author
Gould G.M.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
P. Blakiston's Son & Co.; Philadelphia.
Year
1907
ISBN
 
Description
A major work at the time, though very dated now. Contains quite a lot of information about medicinal plant uses.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant has been recommended as suitable for growing as an evergreen hedge[
452
Title
The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture (6 volumes)
Publication
 
Author
Bailey L.H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
The MacMillan Company, Toronto.
Year
1919
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, but it still contains a wealth of useful information. It can be downloaded from the internet.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings.
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