Breynia fruticosa L Hook f

[After J Breyne, 1637-1697, of Danzing; and from Latin, fruticosa = shrubby]

Physical description: It is a shrub found in China, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The stems are greyish and glabrous; the wood is yellowish-orange. Leaves: simple, alternate and without stipules. The petiole is 1.5 mm-2 mm long and glabrous. The blade is 1.7 cm x 2.3cm-1.8cm x 3.3 cm, and

Uses: In china, Breynia fructicosa (L.) Hook. f. is used to heal abscesses, resolve inflammation, treat syphilis, counteract putrefaction of the skin and promote the secretion of milk. In Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, the leaves are used to heal sores and cuts. To date, the pharmacological potential of this plant is unknown. Note that tannins could be involved in the medicinal properties described above.

variously shaped. The midrib is slightly raised below. The margin is entire and somewhat underlined, and the apex is acute-round and microscopically tipped. The inflorescences are very small and axillary cymes. The flowers are 4 mm long and conical (Fig. 198).

Fig. 198. Breynia frutiicosa (L.) Hook. f. From: KLU Herbarium 33104. South China Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica, Kwangchow, China. Field collector: HG Yip. 7 Apr 1981. Geographical localization: Guangzhou, Guandong, China, in plain.

Warning: Caution must be taken as the toxic effects of this plant are unknown.

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