Acanthus montanus (Nees) T. Anders. [family ACANTHACEAE]. Herbarium. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K). Collection. Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa . EEB Greenhouse Accession Data for Acanthus montanus. Acanthus montanus (Nees) T. Anderson (Acanthaceae) is a shrub widespread in Africa, the Balkans, Romania, Greece and Eastern.

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Shady and wet places.

It can be found at stream borders. A sprawling forest understory plant that is native to tropical western Africa.

Deeply lobed, ovate to lanceolatespiny, dark green leaves to 12″ long with acuminate tips and silvering are both showy and ornamental. Two-lipped, snapdragon-like, pink to rose flowers bloom in summer on upright flower spikes to 10″ long which rise from the branch ends.

Plants grow to ‘ tall when in flower. This plant is used for ornamental and medicinal purposes. Leaves are used to maturate abscesses.


West African Plants

It has been used against rheumatism and some diuretic action is also mentioned. The plant is also used to protect against the devils, in purification and exorcism Burkill Acanthus montanus Nees T.

Plant Uses are for informational purposes only. EEB Greenhouses assume no responsibility for adverse effects from the use of any plants referred to on this site.

Acanthus montanus – Wikispecies

Always seek advice motnanus a professional before using any plant medicinally. Ground Bed 2 SE Currently: This accession has been observed in bloom on: The Plant List Accessed 19 August Downloaded on 19 August Acanthus montanus at Missouri Botanical Garden.

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