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Useful Tropical Plants

Wissadula rostrata

(Schumach.) Hook. f.

Malvaceae


There is considerable confusion over the correct identity of the species Wissadula rostrata (Schumach.) Hook. f., and it has at times been treated as a subspecies of both Wissadula hernandioides (L'Hér.) Garcke and Wissadula amplissima (L.) R. E. Fr. We are following the treatment of P. A. Fryxell in ‘The position of the African Wissadula rostrata in the predominantly Neotropical genus Wissadula’, Bonplandia 19(1): 5-10. 2010, which accepts it as a distinct species and also as the only African species in the genus.

+ Synonyms

Abutilon polyandrum G.Don

Sida rostrata Schum. & Thonn.

Wissadula amplissima rostrata (Schumach. & Thonn.) R.E.Fr.

Wissadula hernandioides rostrata (Schumach. & Thonn.) R.E.Fr.

Common Name:

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General Information

Wissadula rostrata is a perennial plant that can be herbaceous or form a woody base. It is an erect plant, branched from the base and growing about 75 - 125cm tall[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of medicines, fibre etc. It is cultivated as a fibre plant in the Sudan[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
,
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/

Range

Widely distributed through most of tropical Africa

Habitat

Usually in light shade on rocky and loamy soils and in riverine vegetation in tropical Africa[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details


Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant (part not specified) is used as a laxative and to treat stomach problems, liver conditions and parasitic skin infections[
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/
].
Ethnopharmacological studies report the use of this species (probably the leaves) in folk medicine to treat vomiting, severe diarrhoea, mucosa, skin and bronchus inflammation; inflammatory diseases, fever and allergies[
1833
Title
Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic and Antioxidant Activities of Hydro-acetonic Extract from Wissadula amplissima var rost
Publication
Int J Pharm Pharm Sci, Vol 10, Issue 8, 113-117
Author
Kiendrebeogo et al.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.22159/ijpps.2018v10i8.13416
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0975-1491
Description
 
].

The leaves and the whole plant are analgesic, antiinflammatory, antioxidant and poultice[
1832
Title
Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant activities of the leaves of Wissadula amplissima var rostrata
Publication
Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. (2011) 8(2):185-195
Author
Mensah A.Y.; Donkor P.O. & Fleischer T.C.
Website
http://10.4314/ajtcam.v8i2.63207
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
,
1833
Title
Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic and Antioxidant Activities of Hydro-acetonic Extract from Wissadula amplissima var rost
Publication
Int J Pharm Pharm Sci, Vol 10, Issue 8, 113-117
Author
Kiendrebeogo et al.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.22159/ijpps.2018v10i8.13416
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0975-1491
Description
 
].
The leaves are applied topically as a poultice in the treatment of spider bites as well as sting by venomous animals[
1832
Title
Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant activities of the leaves of Wissadula amplissima var rostrata
Publication
Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. (2011) 8(2):185-195
Author
Mensah A.Y.; Donkor P.O. & Fleischer T.C.
Website
http://10.4314/ajtcam.v8i2.63207
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

The roots of the plant are used to treat anaemia, haemorrhages and as a fortifying agent[
1833
Title
Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic and Antioxidant Activities of Hydro-acetonic Extract from Wissadula amplissima var rost
Publication
Int J Pharm Pharm Sci, Vol 10, Issue 8, 113-117
Author
Kiendrebeogo et al.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.22159/ijpps.2018v10i8.13416
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0975-1491
Description
 
].

Both the leaves and the whole plant have been shown to have effective antiinflammatory and antioxidant activity[
1832
Title
Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant activities of the leaves of Wissadula amplissima var rostrata
Publication
Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. (2011) 8(2):185-195
Author
Mensah A.Y.; Donkor P.O. & Fleischer T.C.
Website
http://10.4314/ajtcam.v8i2.63207
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
,
1833
Title
Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic and Antioxidant Activities of Hydro-acetonic Extract from Wissadula amplissima var rost
Publication
Int J Pharm Pharm Sci, Vol 10, Issue 8, 113-117
Author
Kiendrebeogo et al.
Website
http://dx.doi.org/10.22159/ijpps.2018v10i8.13416
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0975-1491
Description
 
]

Other Uses

The stems are a source of fibre[
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.
,
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/
]. Used for making sails[
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 twigs are used as chewsticks for cleaning and maintaining healthy teeth[
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/
].

Propagation

Seed -
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