HAGENIA ABYSSINICA PDF

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Trees are either male or female, with male flowers an orange to brown or white colour and red female flowers. The flower heads form large hanging groups, made up of many small flowers. The colour of the flowers actually comes from modified leaves called bracts rather than true petals. The fruits are small and dried, hidden within the dried part of the flower.

This species grows up to 25 m in height. The leaves are pinnately compound reaching lengths of 40 cm; with hairy, dark green, slightly serrated leaflets. The bark is reddish brown and often peels from the tree trunk and branches. It is used locally for its medicinal properties; an infusion of dried female flowers is used to treat tapeworm, the roots are cooked with meat to make a soup for treating general illness and malaria and the bark can be used to treat diarrhoea and stomach ache.

The wood is a beautiful dark red making it a popular timber species for furniture, floors and cabinets. Timber is also collected for fuelwood. Hagenia abyssinica is endemic to the Afromontane regions of central and eastern Africa.

This species prefers cool, wet climates such as those found in moist montane forests, and can also thrive on rocky sites. Although this species has not yet been assessed on the IUCN Red List, its many uses and loss of habitat mean that populations are decreasing as deforestation continues throughout the Afromontane forests.

There have been previous efforts to bring this species into conservation and propagation programmes, however, due to its increasing rarity and limited cultivation, there is a great need to increase conservation work of this highly utilised species which is a key part of the Afromontane forests.

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Hagenia abyssinica Bruce J. Hagenia abyssinica is indigenous to montane regions of eastern, central and southern Africa, mostly above m altitude. Throughout history, Hagenia abyssinica has been used as an anthelmintic in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. Almost every Ethiopian used to drink an extraction of dried flowers once every months to expel tapeworm, which was, and to some extent still is, a common parasite in Ethiopia where raw meat, a source of infection, is a delicacy and a very popular item in the diet.

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Hagenia abyssinica

An attractive African tree with soft leaves and hanging flower sprays, Hagenia abyssinica also has many uses. The wood is used for carving, carpentry, firewood and charcoal, and the flowers, roots and bark are used for medicinal purposes. An infusion of the flowers is used widely against tapeworms, and in Ethiopia this has been in use for so long that 'the master has taken his kosso' is a well-understood excuse meaning 'he cannot see you'. On most East African mountains, Hagenia abyssinica is common just below the tree-line at about 3, metres above sea level , where it may form almost pure woodlands. Overview: A tree up to 25 m tall, often with a crooked bole unbranched part of the trunk.

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Metrics details. Ethiopian communities highly depend on local plant resources to secure their subsistence and health. Local tree resources are exploited and used intensively for medicinal purposes. This study provides insight into the medicinal importance of Hagenia abyssinica as well as the degree of threat on its population.

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Trees are either male or female, with male flowers an orange to brown or white colour and red female flowers. The flower heads form large hanging groups, made up of many small flowers. The colour of the flowers actually comes from modified leaves called bracts rather than true petals. The fruits are small and dried, hidden within the dried part of the flower.

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