Common Name: Kousso. Hagenia abyssinica. Drawing of the leaves, flowers, fruits and seed. Photograph by: Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen. This study provides insight into the medicinal importance of Hagenia abyssinica as well as the degree of threat on its population. Throughout history, Hagenia abyssinica has been used as an anthelmintic in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. Almost every Ethiopian used to.

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Hagenia is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including turnip moth.

Please review the contents of the section and add the appropriate references if you can. For more on the ethnomedicinal uses of Hagenia abyssinica visit: It is also used, often in a mixture with parts of other plants, as a medicine to treat syphilis, scrofula, malaria, fever and cough. See Terms of Use for details.

Kenya, it is abyxsinica in the zone above bamboo thickets, between — m, where it occurs in association with Hypericum revolutum Vahl, Juniperus procera Hochst. A royalty fee is required for a licence to exploit it.

Banksia abyssinica Bruce Brayera anthelmintica Kunth ex A. Hagenia abyssinica has been used in Ethiopia for centuries.

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It is often found near the upper limit of forest growth, giving way to giant heather zones above it. Living collections and other conservation measures are strongly recommended. Slugs, Snails Flatworms, Worms Terrestrial. Planing may be difficult due to interlocked grain, but the abyssinicaa, boring and turning are satisfactory. First published in Syst. Young trees have poor competitive ability.


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In mice, doses up to 16 times the lethal dose by the intraperitoneal route produced no observable toxicity by the oral route; high doses affected peripheral vision in chicken. In Ethiopia, Hagenia abyssinica is a dominant hagebia in subhumid montane woodland rainfall up to mm per year.

Preliminary studies of traditional medicinal plants in nineteen markets in Ethiopia: The flower heads form large hanging groups, made up of many small flowers. In Ethiopia, flowering occurs during the dry season between October and February; on sunny days the flowers are much visited by bees.

An adult tree is growing in the grounds of Burgess Park, New Plymouth. Gleditsia triacanthos Golden Honey Locust. Nail-holding power is high. Pharmacological research is underway in Hxgenia.

hagenix Highly abgssinica by locals for its uses, Hagenia abyssinica is often left standing when forest is cleared. Distortion during air drying may be severe. Collection of inflorescences for medicinal purposes does not greatly affect the plants.

In the long term, the crude drug will disappear from use as a result of restrictions on use. Roots of Hagenia are cooked with meat to produce a soup that is consumed as a treatment for general illness and malaria.

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The wood is fairly easy to saw. Royal Forest and Bird Society, Taranaki 7: The bark is reddish brown, fissured and peeling.


It is a very rare plant in New Zealand and is seldom found growing. Abjssinica abyssinica is a species of flowering plant native to the high-elevation Afromontane regions of central and eastern Africa.

Poisonous plants in New Zealand. It has been assumed that Hagenia abyssinica has a regeneration cycle associated with heavy forest fires. Flora du Rwanda 1: Rotokare Scenic Reserve 8: Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society 6: The efficacy of kosso as anthelmintic depends on dosage and the health of the patient. An infusion made using dried and pounded female flowers has been used widely against tapeworms.

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.

The colour of the flowers actually comes from modified leaves called bracts rather than true petals. In-vitro tests have shown cytotoxic effects against carcinomous cells. Synonyms include Banksia abyssinicaBrayera anthelminticaHagenia abyssinica var.

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