Triumfetta semitriloba

Botanical Name:Triumfetta semitriloba
Family : Tiliaceae – Linden family
Genus : Triumfetta L. – burbark
Species: Triumfetta semitriloba Jacq.Sacramento burbark
Kingdom : Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom : Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division:Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Malvales

Common Names :Mozote
Chamorro: dadangsi, masiksik lahe

Chinese: fei dao ci shuo ma

English: black bush, burweed, Sacramento bur, Sacromento burbark, triumfetta

French: cousin-petit, mahot-cousinrouge, petit mahot-cousin, tête à nègre

Spanish: cadillo de perro, pegadillo

Habitat : Native to  Tropical America, but now a pan-tropical weed.

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Description:
Triumfetta semitriloba is a Perennial herbs or subshrubs to ca 5-20 dm tall; stems erect, younger ones densely stellate pubescent, glabrate with age.  Leaves variable in shape, usually broadly ovate to lanceolate, 4-20 cm long, 3.5-8 cm wide, usually slightly 3-lobed, 3-nerved from base, stellate pubescent, more densely so on lower surface, margins irregularly serrate-dentate, apex acuminate, base very broadly cuneate to truncate, rarely subcordate, petioles 1.5-6 cm long.  Sepals linear, 4-7 mm long, apex with a filiform subapical appendage; petals yellow, narrowly oblanceolate, 3.5-6.5 mm long; stamens 15-20.  Capsules globose, indehiscent, 4-5 mm in diameter, puberulent, glabrate with age, covered with retrorsely setose, hooked bristles”  (Wagner et al., 1999; p. 1294).

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Medicinal Uses:
The plant is used in Choco cough medicine. For internal parasites, boil a handful of leaves in 3 cups of water for 10 minutes; drink 3 cups of tea daily for 3 days, followed by a purge. Leaves parched over a flame are powdered and applied to sores, infections, wounds, and fungal conditions. Mash leaves into a poultice and rub juice on itching skin condition or rashes

In Costa Rica, mozote is used as a treatment for colds and diarrhea. The aqueous extract in Costa Rican folk medicine as remedy for the treatment of peptic ulcer. Mexicans use a decoction of the root for treating venereal disease, as well as kidney and liver problems, while a more astringent leaf decoction is used in Yucatan to treat hemorrhoids and leucorrhea.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=TRSE4
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Triumfetta_semitriloba
http://www.hear.org/pier/species/triumfetta_semitriloba.htm

http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_LMN.htm

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