Petchia madagascariensis

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Petchia madagascariensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Petchia
Species: P. madagascariensis
Binomial name
Petchia madagascariensis
(A.DC.) Leeuwenb.
Synonyms[1]

Petchia madagascariensis grows as a shrub or small tree up to 10 metres (33 ft) tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 25 centimetres (9.8 in). Its flowers feature a creamy to yellow corolla. Fruit is orange with paired cylindrical follicles. Habitat is evergreen forest, mostly coastal, from sea-level to 600 metres (2,000 ft) altitude. Local medicinal uses include as a treatment for stomach-ache, gonorrhoea, rheumatism, gout, malaria and as a diuretic and anthelmintic.[2] P. madagascariensis is endemic to Madagascar.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Petchia madagascariensis". The Plant List. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. pp. 411–412. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9. 
  3. ^ Search for "Petchia madagascariensis", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 18 August 2013