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Useful Tropical Plants

Breynia fruticosa

(L.) Müll.Arg.

Phyllanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Andrachne fruticosa L.

Melanthesa chinensis Blume

Melanthesa glaucescens Miq.

Phyllanthus introductus Steud.

Phyllanthus lucens Poir.

Phyllanthus simsianus Benth.

Phyllanthus turbinatus Sims

Common Name:

Breynia fruticosa
Drawing of a flowering stem
Photograph by: Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, vol. 44: t. 1862 (1817)
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General Information

Breynia fruticosa is a shrub or a small tree growing up to 5 metres tall[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
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0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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446
Title
Flora of Thailand - Rubiaceae
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://homepage.univie.ac.at/christian.puff/FTH-RUB/FTH-RUB_HOME.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Part of the Flora of Thailand project.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

446
Title
Flora of Thailand - Rubiaceae
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://homepage.univie.ac.at/christian.puff/FTH-RUB/FTH-RUB_HOME.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Part of the Flora of Thailand project.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, Thailand, Vietnam.

Habitat

The understorey of mixed evergreen or deciduous forest, dry Dipterocarp forest, scrub vegetation, forest margins, roadsides, open rocky places and along rivers on various soils, at elevations from 300 - 1,300 metres[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
446
Title
Flora of Thailand - Rubiaceae
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://homepage.univie.ac.at/christian.puff/FTH-RUB/FTH-RUB_HOME.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Part of the Flora of Thailand project.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Young shoots[
446
Title
Flora of Thailand - Rubiaceae
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://homepage.univie.ac.at/christian.puff/FTH-RUB/FTH-RUB_HOME.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Part of the Flora of Thailand project.
].

Medicinal

A decoction of the leaves is used as an antiseptic wash to clean cuts, bruises and sores, including syphillitic sores[
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
,
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The leafy branches are used to treat abscesses, suppurating sores and swellings, and also as an antidote to lacquer poisoning[
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
].

The root is steeped with fermented rice and taken as a galactagogue[
218
Title
Medicinal Plants of China
Publication
 
Author
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S.
Publisher
Reference Publications, Inc.
Year
1985
ISBN
0-917256-20-4
Description
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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