Phyllanthus casticum trilocularis Leandri
Phyllanthus seyrigii is an evergreen shrub or a small tree that can grow up to 4 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, food and source of materials.
Africa - central and western Madagascar.
Low, evergreen forest in central Madagascar on clay soils and quartz rocks. also in dry forests and scrubland on sandy, gritty and sandstone soils in the West; at elevations from 700 - 1,100 metres[
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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 decoction of the root is considered stimulant and is drunk to improve endurance during hard physical work or as an aphrodisiac. It is also taken to treat syphilis, impotence and tiredness after prolonged diarrhoea[
The powdered root is applied to the forehead of children suffering from dizziness and fainting[
The twigs are used as dental sticks for keeping the teeth clean and maintaining healthy gums[
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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