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Useful Tropical Plants

Pisonia brunoniana

Endl.

Nyctaginaceae


This species is closely related to Pisonia umbellifera, and has been included in that species by some authorities.

+ Synonyms

Calpidia brunoniana (Endl.) Heimerl

Ceodes brunoniana (Endl.) Skottsb.

Heimerlia brunoniana (Endl.) Skottsb.

Heimerliodendron brunoniana (Endl.) Skottsb.

Common Name:

Pisonia brunoniana
A rather gnarled specimen, growing in an open position. The plant is more commonly found as an understorey in woodland
Photograph by: Forest and Kim Starr
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General Information

Pisonia brunoniana is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 15 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.

Range

Pacific - Hawaii. Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, the Kermadecs and New Zealand.

Habitat

Dry to mesic habitats[
417
Title
Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www2.bishopmuseum.org/ethnobotanydb/index.asp
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Brief details on over 100 species of Hawaiian plants.
]. An understorey tree of humid forests[
307
Title
Tropical and Subtropical Trees - A Worldwide Encyclopaedic Guide.
Publication
 
Author
Barwick. M.
Publisher
Thames & Hudson, London
Year
2004
ISBN
0-500-51181-0
Description
A superb book, very concise and well written, giving a wealth of information on 400 or more species including descriptions, habitat, cultivation details and plant uses. A wealth of colour photographs bring each plant vividly to life.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of subtropical to tropical islands in the Pacific.

The fruits contain a very sticky sap, often causing them to adhere to the legs of birds. This can lead to the plant being spread to quite isolated islands in the Pacific.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves are diuretic[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

The roots are purgative[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

The wood is very soft and is not used.

Propagation

Seed - because of its sticky nature, it is easiest to plant the entire fruit; germinates in 4-6 weeks; or remove seed in water & plant horizontally in vermiculite, when it sprouts in 1-2 weeks; transfer to individual pots before leaves develop; keep pot moist, 20-30cm should be planted in ground with partial shade
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