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Useful Tropical Plants

Laportea interrupta

(L.) Chew

Urticaceae

+ Synonyms

Fleurya interrupta (L.) Wight

Schychowskia interrupta (L.) W.Wight

Urtica interrupta L.

Common Name:

Laportea interrupta
Flowering plant in native habitat
Photograph by: Lauren Gutierrez
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General Information

Laportea interrupta is an erect, annual plant with stems that become more or less woody at the base. It grows up to 2 metres tall. The plant has stinging hairs, particularly towards the top[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

The plant has stinging hairs[
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Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to Australia and the southwest Pacific.

Habitat

Partially shaded positions in disturbed habitats, especially at low elevations[
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An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The whole plant is anthelmintic and expectorant. It is boiled, together with Phyllanthus amarus, Phyllanthus debilis, or Phyllanthus urinaria, and the solution is drunk to relieve whooping cough[
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The leaves are applied to carbuncles, they are rubbed on the head to relieve headaches, and on the stomach to ease stomach-aches[
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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A decoction of the root is taken as a diuretic, and also prescribed as a remedy for coughs and asthma[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The flowers are applied externally to sores on the sole of feet[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-08-17. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Laportea+interrupta>

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