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Het traditioneel gebruik van Euphorbia Tirucalli

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Author(s): P. Van Damme

Journal: Afrika Focus
ISSN 0772-084X

Volume: 5;
Issue: 3-4;
Start page: 176;
Date: 1989;
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Keywords: Ethnobotany | Latex | Rubber | Poisonous Plants

ABSTRACT
This article reviews the traditional uses of E. tirucalli. This succulent latex plant, although originating from southern Africa, is now growing as a hedge plant in tropical and subtropical regions all over the world. Its special chemical properties have induced people to use it as a source of poison against bacteria, amoebas, nematodes, insects, fish, birds and mammals. Its medicinal use has also been recorded in a wide variety of settings. In a few cases, the latex has been used for the production of varnish and paint.
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