TROPICAL PLANT ENCYCLOPEDIA


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Tectona grandis, Teak

Tectona grandis

Teak
Family: Verbenaceae
Origin: Tropical Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunRegular waterEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Ultra tropical, min. temperature 55F

Teak is considered a very valuable wood because of its ability to withstand weather. It even prevents any metal used in it from rusting. Teak is very stable, which means that it does not warp when subjected to variations in humidity and temperature. According to Ayurveda, wood is acrid, cooling, laxative, sedative to gravid uterus and useful in treatment of piles, leucoderma and dysentery. Flowers are acrid, bitter and dry and useful in bronchitis, biliousness, urinary discharges etc. Roots are useful in treatment of urinary system related troubles. According to Unani system of medicine, the oil from flower is hair promoter and useful in scabies. Wood is good for headache, biliousness, burning sensation and pain and liver related troubles. It allays thirst and possess anthelmintic and expectorant properties. Wood is used for ship building, railways, piles in harbour, bridge-building, construction work, furniture and cabinet work. Leaves yield dye, which is used for dyeing cotton and wool. It prefers no competition, so for the first few years, it has to be cleared of weeds and kept from being shaded. After about three years, the trees are large enough to shade out competing vegetation. Teak requires very good drainage and rich soil. It prefers a dry season of about three months.





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Vitex agnus castus, Chaste Berry, Chasteberry, Hemptree, Agnus castus, Abraham's balm

Vitex agnus castus

Chaste Berry, Chasteberry, Hemptree, Agnus castus, Abraham's balm
Family: Lamiaceae    (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: Europe and Western Asia
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantSpice or herbAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Chaste tree carries several 'sacred' names, which more or less directly refer to its reputation as an anaphrodisiac. In ancient Greece, the tree was called hagnos 'chaste', which apparently the early Christians confused with Latin agnus 'lamb', the Christian symbol of purity. Under the name agnus castus 'chaste lamb', the plants was often used among Christian monks as a help against the evils of the more fleshy desires. The chaste tree is a beautiful little deciduous tree or large shrub with a showy summertime flower display. When it's blooming, due to the similarity of the flowers, the chaste tree is sometimes mistaken for Butterfly Bush (Buddleja). The chaste tree is a sprawling plant that grows 10-20 ft and about as wide. Branched flower clusters are produced on new wood in late spring and early summer in a great flush that makes the tree look like a hazy purple cloud. Flowers are followed by a fleshy fruit that contains four seeds that are sometimes used as seasoning, similar to black pepper. Easy to grow in almost any soil that has good drainage! Even tolerant of salt drift. The chaste tree can take care of itself, but can be pushed to faster growth with light applications of fertilizer in spring and early summer and by mulching around the plant. If pruning is desired to control the size, it should be done in winter, since blooms form on new wood. It is hardly ever disturbed by pests or disease but is susceptible to mushroom root, rot and nematodes.





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Vitex agnus castus - seeds

Blue Chaste Tree. Chaste tree carries several sacred names, which more or less directly refer to its reputation as an anaphrodisiac. The chaste tree is a sprawling plant that grows 10-20 ft and about as wide. Branched flower clusters are produced on new wood in late spring and early summer in a great flush that makes the tree look like a hazy purple cloud. Flowers are followed by a fleshy fruit that contains four seeds that are sometimes used as seasoning, similar to black pepper. Easy to grow in almost any soil that has good drainage! Even tolerant of salt drift.
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Vitex glabrata, Black Currant Tree, Smooth Chastetree

Vitex glabrata

Black Currant Tree, Smooth Chastetree
Family: Lamiaceae    (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersUnusual colorEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
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Vitex glabrata, Black Currant Tree, Smooth Chastetree


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Vitex lucens, Puriri, New Zealand Chaste tree

Vitex lucens

Puriri, New Zealand Chaste tree
Family: Lamiaceae    (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: New Zealand
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadePink flowersOrnamental foliageAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

The name Chaste tree for this species comes from a species of southern Europe,Vitex agnus-castus, where it was treated by ancients as a symbol of chastity and long ago discussed in this regard by Pliny the Elder. Puriri does not mean that the species from New Zealand is pure, but coincidentally a tree along the coast near the Bay of Plenty is treated as sacred by the Maori people; they claim that the remains of important ancestors repose in large cavities within its roots.





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Vitex megapotamica, Taruma

Vitex megapotamica

Taruma
Family: Lamiaceae    (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: Brasil
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Vitex megapotamica, Taruma
Vitex megapotamica, Taruma


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Vitex negundo, Five-leaved Chaste Tree

Vitex negundo

Five-leaved Chaste Tree
Family: Lamiaceae    (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: Tropical Africa and Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.

Vitex negundo, commonly known as the five-leaved chaste tree, is a large aromatic shrub with quadrangular, densely whitish, tomentose branchlets. It is widely used in folk medicine, particularly in South and Southeast Asia.



Vitex negundo, Five-leaved Chaste Tree


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Vitex rotundifolia, Beach Vitex, Pohinahina, Roundleaf Chastetree, Kolokolo, Kahakai

Vitex rotundifolia

Beach Vitex, Pohinahina, Roundleaf Chastetree, Kolokolo, Kahakai
Family: Lamiaceae    (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: Hawaii, Pacific to Australia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Seaside, salt tolerant plant

Vitex rotundifolia is a sprawling shrub 6 to 8 feet in diameter and 6 inches to 2 feet tall, but reaching 4 feet in height and 12 feet in width when protected from wind and salt spray. The round leaves are gray-green to silvery and 1 to 2 inches long. The foliage has a spicy fragrance. Vitex rotundifolia occurs on coastal sites such as sandy beaches, rocky shores, and dunes.





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Vitex sp. Variegata, Variegated Arabian Lilac

Vitex sp. Variegata

Variegated Arabian Lilac
Family: Lamiaceae    (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersOrnamental foliageAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Can be used as a hedge or a specimen plant.




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Vitex trifolia Purpurea, Arabian Lilac

Vitex trifolia Purpurea

Arabian Lilac
Family: Lamiaceae    (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: Asia to Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersOrnamental foliage

Prefers full sun; soil should be moist.

See Vitex trifolia Variegata.





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Vitex trifolia purpurea - Purple Arabian Lilac

Purple Arabian Lilac from East Africa. A medium size, fast growing bush with woody stems and dense soft foliage, purple in full sun and with silver underneath. Pretty purple flowers from spring to fall. Can be used as a hedge or a specimen plant. Attracts lots of butterflies and bees.

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Vitex trifolia Variegata, Variegated Arabian Lilac

Vitex trifolia Variegata

Variegated Arabian Lilac
Family: Lamiaceae    (Formerly:Verbenaceae)
Origin: East Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

A medium size, fast growing bush with woody stems and dense soft foliage that can be either variegated or has a sharp white trim around the leaf. Pretty blue flowers from spring to fall. Can be used as a hedge or a specimen plant. Attracts lots of butterflies and bees.

See Vitex trifolia Purpurea.





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