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Useful Tropical Plants

Pavetta glaucophylla

Retief, S.J.Siebert & A.E. Van Wyk

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Pavetta glaucophylla
Drawings of the plant
Photograph by: Daleen Roodt; A New Species of Pavetta (Rubiaceae) from South Africa; Novon 22, 2013
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General Information

Pavetta glaucophylla is an erect, deciduous shrub or small tree, growing 1.5 - 3.5 metres tall, most commonly around 2.5 metres[
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Novon Vol. 22
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Missouri Botanical Garden
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2012
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1055-3177
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A botanical journal speciallizing in nomenclature.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as food.
The plant is increasingly subjected to habitat degradation as a result of extensive mining activities and urban expansion in the Sekhukhuneland region of its range. It is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Novon Vol. 22
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Website
http://www.mbgpress.info
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
2012
ISBN
1055-3177
Description
A botanical journal speciallizing in nomenclature.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Novon Vol. 22
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http://www.mbgpress.info
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
2012
ISBN
1055-3177
Description
A botanical journal speciallizing in nomenclature.

Range

Southern Africa - northeastern S. Africa

Habitat

Stony, rocky soil in open mountain savannah (bushveld), rarely as part of copses of woody vegetation in grassland; at elevations from 500 - 1,200 metres[
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Novon Vol. 22
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http://www.mbgpress.info
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
2012
ISBN
1055-3177
Description
A botanical journal speciallizing in nomenclature.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Shrub
Height2.50 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Many Pavetta species, including this one, produce leaves with bacterial nodes - these bacteria live in symbiosis with the plant and pass into any seeds that are produced, thus seedlings are already inocculated with the bacteria[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. It is not certain what function the bacteria play, theories include nitrogen-fixation, growth-regulation and making the leaves poisonous to livestock[
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PlantZAfrica.com
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http://www.plantzafrica.com
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An excellent site giving detailed descriptions and uses of many S. African plants.
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Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Title
Novon Vol. 22
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Author
 
Website
http://www.mbgpress.info
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
2012
ISBN
1055-3177
Description
A botanical journal speciallizing in nomenclature.
]. A sour, watercress-like flavour[
1041
Title
Novon Vol. 22
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.mbgpress.info
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
2012
ISBN
1055-3177
Description
A botanical journal speciallizing in nomenclature.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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