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Useful Tropical Plants

Combretum fruticosum

(Loefl.) Stuntz

Combretaceae

+ Synonyms

Combretum aurantiacum Benth.

Combretum benthamianum Van Heurck & Müll.Arg.

Combretum farinosum phaenopetalum Donn.Sm.

Combretum formosum G.Don

Combretum fruticosum (Loefl.) Fawc. & Rendle

Combretum gloriosum Rusby

Combretum laxum L.

Combretum lepidopetalum Pittier

Combretum lindbergii Eichler ex Rusby

Combretum loeflingii Eichler

Combretum micropetalum DC.

Combretum multidiscum Rusby

Combretum occidentale L.

Combretum oxypetalum G.Don

Combretum phaenopetalum (J.D.Sm.) Pittier

Combretum reticulatum C.Presl

Combretum secundum Jacq.

Combretum superbum Pittier

Combretum tetragonum C.Presl

Combretum trinitense Britton

Combretum warszewiczianum Eichler

Gaura fruticosa Loefl.

Gaura laxa Loefl.

Common Name:

Combretum fruticosum
Flowering branch
Photograph by: Reinaldo Aguilar
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General Information

Combretum fruticosum is a small to large climbing shrub, able to climb to the tops of surrounding trees[
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/
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a drink and source of materials for basketry. The showy flowers, full of nectar, are much visited by insects and hummingbirds[
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/
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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

S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana; C. America - Panama to southern Mexico.

Habitat

Dry or wet thickets or forests at elevations below 1,200 metres[
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/
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height0.00 m
Growth RateFast
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

The plant can tolerate some frost.

A fast-growing plant[
644
Title
Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported. Vol. 46
Publication
USDA Bureau of Plant Industry
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
USDA Government Printing Office; Washington DC.
Year
1919
ISBN
 
Description
Details of seeds and plants imported for trials by the United States Department of Agriculture in the first quarter of 1916, often detailing the uses of the plant and various other miscellaneous information. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
Responds well to pruning, it is possible to keep it cut back to a medium shrub size.

Edible Uses

The cut stem yields a considerable amount of sap that may be drunk when water is lacking[
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/
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The branches are used for weaving coarse baskets, and generally they are employed as a substitute for rope, for tying firewood and other temporary uses[
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/
].

Propagation

Seed -
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