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Useful Tropical Plants

Secamone parvifolia

(Oliv.) Bullock

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Gymnema parvifolium Oliv.

Secamone emetica glabra K.Schum.

Secamone kirkii N.E.Br.

Secamone mombasiana N.E.Br.

Secamone schweinfurthii K.Schum.

Secamone usambarica N.E.Br.

Secamone zambeziaca Schltr.

Common Name:

Secamone parvifolia
Close-up of the flowers
Photograph by: Ulrich Meve; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Ulrich Meve

General Information

Secamone parvifolia is a scrambling or climbing shrub producing twining stems up to 5 metres long[
394
Title
Flora Capensis
Publication
 
Author
Hiern. W.P.; Brown N.E.
Website
http://www.aluka.org/action/doBrowse?sa=1&st=662543&execbr=&sls=
Publisher
 
Year
1909
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, and many of the botanical names have been changed since it was written, but contains a wealth of information about plants of southern Africa. It can be downloaded or viewed online.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

394
Title
Flora Capensis
Publication
 
Author
Hiern. W.P.; Brown N.E.
Website
http://www.aluka.org/action/doBrowse?sa=1&st=662543&execbr=&sls=
Publisher
 
Year
1909
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, and many of the botanical names have been changed since it was written, but contains a wealth of information about plants of southern Africa. It can be downloaded or viewed online.

Range

Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland, S. Africa.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height3.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A root decoction is drunk to treat abdominal pain, stomach-ache and snakebites[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The ground roots are eaten with honey to treat severe cough[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The pounded leaves are put in baths to treat scabies[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Other Uses

A latex oozes from wounds in the plant. No uses are mentioned.

Propagation

Seed -
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