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Useful Tropical Plants

Ludwigia erecta

(L.) H.Hara

Onagraceae

+ Synonyms

Isnardia discolor Klotzsch

Jussiaea acuminata Sw.

Jussiaea altissima Perr. ex DC.

Jussiaea declinata Sessé & Moc.

Jussiaea erecta L.

Jussiaea onagra Mill.

Jussiaea plumeriana Bello

Jussiaea ramosa Jacq. ex Rchb.

Ludwigia acuminata (Sw.) M. Gómez

Common Name:

Ludwigia erecta
Flowering stems
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General Information

Ludwigia erecta is an erect, much-branched, annual plant, sometimes becoming woody at the base, growing 40 - 300cm tall[
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380
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Gardens Vol. 46
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Author
 
Publisher
Missouro Botanical Garden
Year
1959
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. Amongst other things, this issue contains a review of the genus Daphnopsis.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

380
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Gardens Vol. 46
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouro Botanical Garden
Year
1959
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. Amongst other things, this issue contains a review of the genus Daphnopsis.

Range

S. America - Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean; SE North America.

Habitat

Ditches and wet places in Panama[
380
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Gardens Vol. 46
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouro Botanical Garden
Year
1959
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. Amongst other things, this issue contains a review of the genus Daphnopsis.
]. In Africa it is found naturalized on river banks and in other wet localities, as well as on moist wasteland, at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A widespread and locally common weed in Africa[
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Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked]299]. They are cooked to make a sauce for maize and porridge[
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] Occasionally they are eaten as a cooked vegetable[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Medicinal

A bath made with the boiled plants is given to relieve fever caused by malaria[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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An infusion of the leaves is used for treating weak but rapid heart rate, particularly when combined with the leaves of Annona muricata[
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Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
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Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
]. The leaves are boiled, and the liquid used to make a porridge with oatmeal, plantain, flour or sago flour then used to treat thrush[
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Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
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Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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