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Medicinal Plant, Malpighia coccigera

Medicinal Plant, Malpighia coccigera

Singapore holly is an evergreen shrub growing about 2 metres tall
The plant is widely cultivated as an ornamental in tropical and subtropical gardens, being valued especially for its compact habit and holly-like leaves.

The name, Malpighia, is used to honor Marcello Malpighia (1628 1693). He was a distinguished naturalist at Bologna, Italy. Malpighia are related to Barbados cherry and Surinam cherry. Dwarf shrub, evergreen opposite short petioled, spiny toothed leaves. Open, white flowers and red fruit. There are three varieties of malpighia which are used as bonsai subjects. Each has unique characteristics.

In their native tropical American environment, they may be found in the under story of tropical forests or on rocky hill sides near streams where the soil is rich and moist. Plants may be obtained by collecting during the summer months, but can also be purchased from a nursery or started from seed, hard or soft wood cuttings or root cuttings taken in the summer.

Grows best in a moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light shade, The plant is tolerant of a wide range of soils.

Five hours of sunlight in the morning during the winter is ideal and in the summer they can have filtered sun or shade. If growing them under fluorescent lights, they require 14-16 hours of light a day.

The plant does not always fruit well in cultivation - this is likely to be because only one clone is being grown and the plant requires cross-pollination.

The plant has prickly, holly-like leaves and can be grown as a dwarf hedge, It is very tolerant of trimming, Prostrate forms of the plant can be used for ground cover.

Propagation : Cutting and layering
Medicine :

The formulation of leaves and extract from the Malpighia coccigera plant, Lowers elevated blood levels , Promotes cytotoxic activity on liver cancer cells, but not on normal liver cells, Restores liver lesions and cirrhotic tissue into normal “healthy” liver cells

Malpighia coccigera L. Medicinal and Ornamental Plants

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