Common Name: Vinagreira
Hibiscus bifurcatus is a shrub growing 2 - 5 metres tall with rather weak, straggling branches[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its edible leaves and medicinal applications.
S. America - Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, north through Central America to Mexico.
Swamps in forests[
]. Mostly in open swamps or marshes, often along or near the seashore; at elevations up to 1,400 metres[
Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil in full sun[
Plants are resistant to root-knot nematodes[
Leaves - cooked[
]. The slightly acid leaves are used as a vegetable in parts of Brazil[
A decoction of the stem bark and roots is used to treat diarrhoea[
The leaves and flowers are macerated in water to make a refreshing drink that is used to soothe abdominal complaints[
An infusion of the leaves is used to treat colds and coughs[
A decoction of the leaves and fruits is used in the treatment of fevers, coughs and colds, disorders of the female reproductive system[
The decoction is applied topically to treat skin problems[
The mucilaginous sap of the plant can be used to clarify sugar syrups[
A fibre obtained from the inner bark is used to make cordage[
Seed - sow in situ or in containers. Germination is usually quite rapid. Prick out container-grown seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions when they are 10cm or more tall.
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