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Useful Tropical Plants

Phyllanthus ovalifolius

Forssk.

Phyllanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Diasperus ovalifolius (Forssk.) Kuntze

Phyllanthus guineensis Pax

Phyllanthus lalambensis Schweinf.

Phyllanthus ugandensis Rendle

Common Name:

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General Information

Phyllanthus ovalifolius is a much-branched, often dense, scrambling or spreading, weak-stemmed shrub or a tree, sometimes with a climbing habit. It usually grows 2 - 5 metres tall, occasionally to 10 metres. The branches are long and slender; either horizontal, arching or pendent[
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Flora Zambesiaca
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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.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials for basketry.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Flora Zambesiaca
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Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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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.

Range

Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, DR Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Habitat

High rainfall deciduous woodlands; chipya woodland and thickets; evergreen rainforest; forest margins and gully forest; riverine forest and mushitu; sometimes on well-wooded rocky outcrops and termitaria; at elevations from 780 - 1,950 metres[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
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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.
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Properties

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Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height3.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Plants can be monoecious or dioecious. Dioecious forms will need both male and female plants if seed is required[
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Title
Flora Zambesiaca
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Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
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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.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A plant decoction is drunk and used as a vapour bath to treat corneal ulcers[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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A root decoction is drunk to treat cough[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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A root and bark infusion is used to bathe sore eyes[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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A leaf decoction is taken in the treatment of measles; the leaves, mixed with butter, are applied to the skin for the same purpose[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

The flexible stems are used in making fish traps, baskets etc[
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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.
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Propagation

Seed -
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