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Hedonisia Hawaii Botanical Plant Inventory

Gunpowder Tree


Name of Plant: Gunpowder Tree

Type of Plant: Weed!


1) Plant History & General Information:

a) Scientific & Other Names: Trema orientalis ; charcoal tree

b) Region of Origin: Native from southeastern Asia through Malaysia

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2) Plant Uses:

a) As Food: This species has a high ecological impact with at least 14 species of butterfly using it as a larval food plant. Several species of birds eat the fruit or feed on the abundant insects which live in these trees. Pigeons and doves are often found in these trees where they eat the fruits or make their nests. The leaves, pods and seeds are used as fodder for cattle, buffaloes and goats in the Philippines

b) As Medicine: The tree has various uses as an herbal medicine in a wide range of cultures. The leaves and the bark are used to treat coughs, sore throats, asthma, bronchitis, gonorrhea, yellow fever, toothache, and as an antidote to general poisoning

c) Other Uses: A fiber for fish nets can be made from the bark.

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i) Location on Property: The gunpowder tree is located around the edge of the crater.