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Useful Tropical Plants

Memecylon ovatifolium

(Poir.) Wickens

Melastomataceae

+ Synonyms

Melaleuca ovatifolia Poir.

Memecylon angulatum Rchb. ex DC.

Memecylon angulosum G.Don

Memecylon confusum Blume

Memecylon laxiflorum DC.

Memecylon ligustrinum Naudin

Memecylon obovatum Néraud

Memecylon prunifolium Naudin

Memecylon rhamnoideum Naudin

Memecylon sphaerocarpum DC.

Memecylon tinctorium Sieber ex Blume

Common Name:

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General Information

Memecylon ovatifolium is an evergreen shrub
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Réunion.

Habitat

An understorey plant in lowland woods[
605
Title
Flore de L'Ile de la Reunion
Publication
 
Author
E. Jacob De Cordemoy
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Librairie Medicale & Scientifique; Paris.
Year
1895
ISBN
 
Description
Not really a flora, more a list of the plants known at that time. It often includes a brief description of habit and habitat, plus the local uses of the plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


We have no specific information for this species, but in general the species in this genus succeed in full sun or in partial shade, growing best in a moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
975
Title
Les Plantes Utiles des Colonies Françaises
Publication
 
Author
J.-L. De Lanessan (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/Default.aspx
Publisher
 
Year
1886
ISBN
 
Description
Information on the useful plants of the Frech colonies towards the end of the 19th century. Many botanical names have changed, but the information remains valid and is often not easy to find elsewhwere. It can be downloaded from the Internet
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

We have no specific information for this species, but in general the wood of Memecylon species is usually white to brown, very dense and heavy, sinking in water. It is also often very durable. Where the wood gets large enough it is often used traditionally for purposes such as poles, house posts, lumber and furniture[
1032
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 57
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Botanic Gardens Park and Recreation Department; Singapore
Year
1980
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this edition includes a revision of the Asian section of the genus Memecylon
].
The wood of many species in the genus has a high calorific value and is often favoured as a fuel and for making charcoal[
1032
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 57
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Botanic Gardens Park and Recreation Department; Singapore
Year
1980
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this edition includes a revision of the Asian section of the genus Memecylon
].

Propagation

Seed -
Air layering
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