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Useful Tropical Plants

Phyllanthus pulcher

Wall. ex Müll.Arg.

Phyllanthaceae

+ Synonyms

Diasperus pallidifolius Kuntze

Diasperus pulcher (Wall. ex Müll.Arg.) Kuntze

Epistylium glaucescens Baill.

Epistylium phyllanthoides Baill.

Epistylium pulchrum Baill.

Phyllanthus asteranthos Croizat

Phyllanthus lacerilobus Croizat

Phyllanthus pallidus Müll.Arg.

Phyllanthus zollingeri Müll.Arg.

Reidia glaucescens Miq.

Common Name:

Phyllanthus pulcher
Cultivated plant
Photograph by: Tony Rodd
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General Information

Phyllanthus pulcher is an erect shrub with a slender, sparsely-branched main stem. It can grow from 50 - 150cm tall[
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.
,
595
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 38
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1957
ISBN
 
Description
Amongst other things, it contains an article on the Juglans of central America. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is often cultivated for ornamental purposes in the tropics, valued especially for its floral display.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia

Habitat

Open forests, riverside scrub; at elevations from 700 - 1,800 metres in southern china[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in a sunny position, preferring a moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil[
974
Title
Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants - Identification and Cultivation of over 3,000 Tropical Plants
Publication
 
Author
Ahmed Fayaz
Publisher
Firefly Books Ltd.; New Zealand
Year
2011
ISBN
978-1-55407-489
Description
A good photograph and terse but detailed information for over 3,000 species of tropical plants. An excellent reference.
].
The plant occasionally escapes from cultivation and can be found naturalized in old forest clearings, or as a weed in fruit gardens and along rivers[
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.
].
Plants can produce flowers all year round[
595
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. Vol. 38
Publication
 
Author
Various
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1957
ISBN
 
Description
Amongst other things, it contains an article on the Juglans of central America. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction of the leaves is drunk as a treatment for stomach aches[
999
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 6
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal - this edition contains a list of the medicinal uses of plants in the region.
].
A poultice made from the pounded leaves is applied topically to treat a range of conditions including boils, swellings, stomach aches, remittent fevers (apply to the abdomen), toothache (apply to the gum)[
999
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 6
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal - this edition contains a list of the medicinal uses of plants in the region.
]. Combined with cold rice and salt, the poultice is applied to the gums as a treatment for gum boils[
999
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 6
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal - this edition contains a list of the medicinal uses of plants in the region.
]. Combined with the leaves of ?Cnestis ramiflora, the poultice is used to treat malaria[
999
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 6
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal - this edition contains a list of the medicinal uses of plants in the region.
]. Combined with the leaves of Ageratum conyzoides and of Justicia sp., the poultice is used to treat itch[
999
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 6
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal - this edition contains a list of the medicinal uses of plants in the region.
].
The plant is pounded in cold water then the liquid is strained off and used to wash sore eyes[
999
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 6
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal - this edition contains a list of the medicinal uses of plants in the region.
].

A poultice made from the boiled leaves and roots is used to treat ulceration of the nose[
999
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 6
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal - this edition contains a list of the medicinal uses of plants in the region.
].
A poultice made from the pounded plant is applied to the abdomen to treat urinary trouble in children[
999
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 6
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1930
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal - this edition contains a list of the medicinal uses of plants in the region.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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