Triumfetta abyssinica K.Schum.
Triumfetta guazumaefolia Bojer
Triumfetta morrumbalana de Wild.
Triumfetta pilosa is a perennial herb or shrub growing up to 3 metres tall[
]. The plant is often weak-stemmed and straggling or climbing[
The plant has a range of local uses, being harvested from the wild especially for its fibre and medicinal applications.
East tropical Africa -Sudan and Ethiopia, south to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar. E. Asia - Indian subcontinent, southern China, Malaysia.
Forest, woodland and grassland, in swamp edges or on stream banks, along roads, in fallows and as a weed of cultivation, at elevations of 1,000 - 2,550 metres, occasionally to 2,750 metres[
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The seed pods are covered in hairs which stick to clothes and the fur of animals, thus providing the plant with a means of seed dispersal[
]. Although no specific reports have been seen for this species, several other members of the genus have used this to become weeds outside their native range[
A very variable species, several forms have been named[
An infusion of the leaf is drunk to treat colic and diarrhoea, whereas in East Africa an extract of the leaf is recorded to be drunk as a purgative[
A leaf maceration is used as an eye bath for treatment of eye problems[
The crushed leaf and twig are applied as a paste on sores[
The bark and fresh leaves are astringent[
]. They are used in the treatment of diarrhoea[
The leaves and flowers are used for the treatment of leprosy[
This species is an indicator of increasing fertility in wetlands. When it appears, the farmers put a fallow back under cultivation[
The stem bark is much used for making rope and string[
]. The partially retted fibre is made into canvas and sailcloth, because of its durability in moist conditions[
The bark is traditionally made into barkcloth by hunter-gatherers in DR Congo.
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