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Useful Tropical Plants

Malvastrum americanum

(L.) Torr.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Malope lutea Raf.

Malope malacoides Walter

Malva americana L.

Malva astrolasia Zipp. ex Span.

Malva blumeana Steud.

Malva brachystachya F.Muell.

Malva curassavica Desr.

Malva fluminensis Vell.

Malva gangetica L.

Malva macrostachya C.Presl

Malva ovata Cav.

Malva polystachya Cav.

Malva spicata L.

Malva sublobata Desr.

Malva timoriensis DC.

Malva trachelifolia Link

Malvastrum macrostachyum (C.Presl) Hemsl.

Malvastrum spicatum (L.) A.Gray

Malvastrum trachelifolium (Link) Ulbr.

Malveopsis americana (L.) Kuntze

Malveopsis macrostachya (C.Presl) Kuntze

Malveopsis spicata (L.) Kuntze

Melochia spicata (L.) Fryxell

Sida betulifolia Schrank

Sphaeralcea americana (L.) Metz

Visenia spicata (L.) Colla

Common Name:

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General Information

Malvastrum americanum is a perennial plant with stems that can become woody and persist; it can grow up to 240cm tall[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
,
692
Title
Wildland Shrubs of the United States and its Territories: Thamnic Descriptions
Publication
 
Author
Francis J.K. (Editor)
Website
http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/wildland_shrubs.htm
Publisher
USDA; Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestr
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent series of papers, in PDF format, from various authors giving quite detailed information on a range of shrubs growing in the United States and its Territories. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.

Range

S. America - Argentina and Paraguay, north through S. America, C. America and the Caribbean to northern Mexico, Texas and Florida

Habitat

Open places, often in disturbed soils, growing along roadsides, in ditches and waste places; at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
,
692
Title
Wildland Shrubs of the United States and its Territories: Thamnic Descriptions
Publication
 
Author
Francis J.K. (Editor)
Website
http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/wildland_shrubs.htm
Publisher
USDA; Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestr
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent series of papers, in PDF format, from various authors giving quite detailed information on a range of shrubs growing in the United States and its Territories. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m

Cultivation Details

A plant of the tropics and subtropics, in Puerto Rica it grows in areas with a mean annual rainfall ranging from 750 - 1,000mm[
692
Title
Wildland Shrubs of the United States and its Territories: Thamnic Descriptions
Publication
 
Author
Francis J.K. (Editor)
Website
http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/wildland_shrubs.htm
Publisher
USDA; Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestr
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent series of papers, in PDF format, from various authors giving quite detailed information on a range of shrubs growing in the United States and its Territories. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
Requires an open, sunny position[, tolerating light shade amongst trees692]. Succeeds in most soil types if they are well-drained[
692
Title
Wildland Shrubs of the United States and its Territories: Thamnic Descriptions
Publication
 
Author
Francis J.K. (Editor)
Website
http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/wildland_shrubs.htm
Publisher
USDA; Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestr
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent series of papers, in PDF format, from various authors giving quite detailed information on a range of shrubs growing in the United States and its Territories. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant spreads easily by means of its small seeds. It has become an invasive weed in a number of countries outside of its native range[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].
Plants usually commence flowering when around 15cm tall and can flower and produce fruit all year round unless there is a dry season[
692
Title
Wildland Shrubs of the United States and its Territories: Thamnic Descriptions
Publication
 
Author
Francis J.K. (Editor)
Website
http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/wildland_shrubs.htm
Publisher
USDA; Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestr
Year
2000
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent series of papers, in PDF format, from various authors giving quite detailed information on a range of shrubs growing in the United States and its Territories. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The hhole plant is emollient, detersive, mucilaginous[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
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
].
A decoction of the leaves, combined with leaves of Croton flavens, is drunk to stimulate menstruation[
1901
Title
Welensali (Croton flavens): Folk Uses and Properties
Publication
Economic Botany 25(4):457-463 1971
Author
Morton J.F.
Website
http://10.1007/BF02985212
Publisher
 
Year
1971
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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