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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Trees are either male or female and only rarely are flowers of both sexes found on the same tree.

Hagenia abyssinica (PROTA) – PlantUse English

This species grows up to 25 m in height. Hypericum patulum Goldencup St. Leaves Leaves petiolate, viscid, up to 40 cm. Birds Land and Estuaries Listed by binomial names and photos.

Banksia abyssinica Bruce Brayera anthelmintica Kunth ex A. Kenya, it is dominant in the zone above bamboo thickets, between — m, where it occurs in association with Hypericum revolutum Vahl, Juniperus procera Hochst.

Hagenia bagenia used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including turnip moth. Hagenia abyssinica African redwood Kingdom: Hagenia abyssinica has been used in Ethiopia for centuries.


Twigs Young twigs densely villous with yellow-brown soft ascending hairs 3—4 mm. Fish New Zealand Freshwater.

Flora of Tropical East Africa, Rosaceae: The efficacy of kosso as anthelmintic depends on dosage and the health of the patient. Stand structure and regeneration of the subalpine Hagenia abyssinica forests of Abyssunica. In Ethiopia, kosso is often taken with other plants to render its action more agreeable, hxgenia. It is a species of flowering plant native to the high-elevation Afromontane regions of central and eastern Africa. Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society 6: This section with questionable factual accuracy needs more medical references for verification or relies too heavily on primary sources.

Flora of Tropical East Africa.

Petiole Petioles 12—13 cm. Finely powdered kosso can easily be adulterated by any other brownish powder, whereas intact flower parts are very hageina and cannot be adulterated. The serrated margin of the leaf.

African Redwood

Hagenia abyssinica is worthy of protection and worth planting for its ornamental value. Please review the contents of the section and add the appropriate references if you can. Uses An infusion made using dried and pounded female flowers has been used widely against tapeworms. East African Redwood, Kosso Family: In-vitro tests have shown cytotoxic effects against carcinomous cells. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 6: The bark has been used in treatments for diarrhoea and stomach ache.


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Besides ahgenia a source of medicine, Hagenia has been utilized for various other purposes such as construction, furniture, fuel wood, and soil fertility management. The tree is occasionally planted around churches and villages.

By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. The powdered flowers are soaked overnight in water, honey-beer, or other sweetened fluids, to counteract the bitter taste. An attractive tree, hagenia is sometimes planted as an ornamental.

Views Read View source View history. Flore du Congo Belge et abyseinica Ruanda-Urundi The bark is reddish brown and often peels from the tree trunk and branches. Haile Selassie I University,p. Hagenia abyssinica is a species of flowering plant native to the high-elevation Afromontane regions of central and eastern Africa. Only small numbers of flowers are needed per treatment; wild populations of Hagenia abyssinica easily provide the necessary quantities.

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