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Useful Tropical Plants

Smeathmannia pubescens

Sol. ex R.Br.

Passifloraceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Smeathmannia pubescens
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General Information

Smeathmannia pubescens is a much-branched, evergreen shrub or small tree; it can grow up to 10 metres tall[
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.
,
573
Title
Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening.
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson G. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L. Upcott Gill; London.
Year
Not given
ISBN
 
Description
One of the major gardening dictionaries of the 19th century, it contains information on plants not found in modern works. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The bole is up to 30cm in diameter[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
,
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood. The plant has large, showy flowers and is sometimes grown as an ornamental in greenhouses in the temperate zone[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
,
573
Title
Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening.
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson G. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L. Upcott Gill; London.
Year
Not given
ISBN
 
Description
One of the major gardening dictionaries of the 19th century, it contains information on plants not found in modern works. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

515
Title
Flora of Tropical Africa Vol 1 - 8
Publication
 
Author
Var
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L.Reeve & Co.; Ashford, Kent.
Year
1868 - 1917
ISBN
 
Description
Very little information on habitat, range and uses, but gives good descriptions of the plants. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

West tropical Africa - Guinea-Bissau to Nigeria.

Habitat

Fringing and open forest[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. Thickets along the edges of lagoons; fringing forest; secondary thickets[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

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HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The pulp of the fruits is edible, but astringent[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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0
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The white or reddish fruit is a leathery, ovoid, three-valved capsule[
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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.
].

Medicinal

A bark decoction is taken to treat dysentery[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
The inner bark is used as a poultice to treat toothache[
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 sap from crushed leaves is taken to treat acute enteritis[
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.
].

A mixture of the cyanogenic glycosides epitetraphyllin B (volkenin) and tetraphyllin B (barterioside) has been isolated from a leaf extract[
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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

The reddish wood is hard but too small to be of much service. It is split into sections to produce chew sticks, which are used to maintain dental hygiene[
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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 wood is used for fuel[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings of half-ripe wood[
573
Title
Illustrated Dictionary of Gardening.
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson G. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
L. Upcott Gill; London.
Year
Not given
ISBN
 
Description
One of the major gardening dictionaries of the 19th century, it contains information on plants not found in modern works. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
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