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Baphicacanthus cusia - (Nees.)Bremek.                
Common Name
Family Acanthaceae
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hilly areas[147]. Usually found in wet places[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan and India.
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Medicinal Rating  
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun


Physical Characteristics       
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Baphicacanthus cusia is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

USDA hardiness zone : Coming soon

Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Baphicacanthus cusia

Baphicacanthus cusia
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
None known
Medicinal Uses

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Depurative;  Febrifuge.

The roots and leaves are depurative and febrifuge[147]. A decoction is used in the treatment of epidemic mumps, sore throat, erysipelas and fever-caused rashes[147].
Other Uses

An indigo blue dye is obtained from the leaves[1, 146, 266].
Cultivation details                                         
This plant was formerly cultivated on quite a large scale as a dye plant in China and India, but has now been superseded by artificial dyes and is only grown on a small scale[1, 146, 266]. A monocarpic plant, living for a number of years without flowering but then dying after flowering[266].
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[1]F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaces in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
[146]Gamble. J. S. A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Written last century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
[147]? A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
[266] Flora of China
On-line version of the Flora - an excellent resource giving basic info on habitat and some uses.

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