Diasperus madagascariensis (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
Phyllanthus chapelieri Baill.
Phyllanthus madagascariensis is a perennial plant with more or less woody stems; it can grow 10 - 50cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use, mainly as a medicine but also as a food and source of materials.
Africa - central and eastern Madagascar.
Dry forests, littoral forest, clearings and plateaux[
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The fruits are edible and have a sour taste; they are used to make an alcoholic drink of low quality[
The crushed leaves are applied to eczema and wounds[
]. A leaf decoction is applied as lotion or taken in baths to reduce oedema caused by sprains[
A decoction of the twig or stem bark is taken to treat colic, amoebic dysentery and persistent diarrhoea[
The scraped stem bark is applied as a poultice to abscesses and wounds[
A root decoction is taken to treat syphilis]299].
The powdered root is applied to the forehead of children suffering from dizziness and fainting[
The flexible branches are used to make large fishing nets and baskets[
The roots are used as a low quality dye for baskets.[
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