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Useful Tropical Plants

Tacca chantrieri

André

Taccaceae

+ Synonyms

Clerodendrum esquirolii H.Lév.

Schizocapsa breviscapa (Ostenf.) H.Limpr.

Tacca esquirolii (H.Lév.) Rehder

Tacca garrettii Craib

Tacca macrantha H.Limpr.

Tacca minor Ridl.

Tacca paxiana H.Limpr.

Tacca roxburghii H.Limpr.

Tacca vespertilio Ridl.

Tacca wilsonii H.Limpr.

Common Name:

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General Information

Tacca chantrieri is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of leaves on long petioles from a thick, horizontally creeping, subcylindric rhizomes. The petioles are around 10 - 30cm long with leaf blades 20 - 60cm long and 7 - 25cm wide, The flowering scapes are up to 55cm tall[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine. The rhizomes are harvested as a source of diosgenin, a phytosteroid sapogenin that is used to manufacture a number of steroid medicines.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, Bangladesh, northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaya

Habitat

Damp forests[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
]. Forests, valleys, along rivers; at elevations from 200 - 1,300 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Tender leaves - eaten in curries[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Inflorescences - eaten in curries[
451
Title
Flora Malesiana Series 1
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.archive.org
Publisher
Nationaal Herbarium Nederiand, Universiteit Leiden branch
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A massive treatment of the plants of the Malaysian Archipelago. Much of it has been made available to download from the Internet
].

Medicinal

An alcoholic maceration of the rhizome is used externally as a liniment in the treatment of rheumatism[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
]. Oral administration is prohibited in Vietnamese herbalism[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
].
The rhizome is also used as raw material for the extraction of diosgenin.

The rhizomes can be harvested at any time of the year. They are washed, then dried for later use[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
].

The rhizomes contain cholan saponins that yield diosgenin on hydrolysis, taccaoside and beta-sitosterol[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
].
Diosgenin is a phytosteroid sapogenin. It is widely used in modern medicine in order to manufacture cortisone, progesterone and other steroid drugs. These are used as contraceptives and in the treatment of various disorders of the genitary organs as well as in a host of other diseases such as asthma and arthritis[
222
Title
A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants. Eastern and Central N. America.
Publication
 
Author
Foster. S. & Duke. J. A.
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Co.
Year
1990
ISBN
0395467225
Description
A concise book dealing with almost 500 species. A line drawing of each plant is included plus colour photographs of about 100 species. Very good as a field guide, it only gives brief details about the plants medicinal properties.
]

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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