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 has been used as a remedy for intestinal parasites.

Hagenia abyssinica – Useful Tropical Plants

Flora du Rwanda 1: It is also used, often in a mixture with parts of other plants, as a medicine to treat syphilis, scrofula, malaria, fever and cough. Crucial by clearing the area of competitive plants and heating the prospective seedbed.

No germplasm collections are known. A abyssiinca up to 25 m tall, often with a crooked bole unbranched part of the trunk. Timber is also collected for fuelwood. Eggeling, Indigenous Trees of the Uganda Protectorate, ed. R to Z Common names with photo.

Hagenia is widespread and abyssinuca common where it occurs, and plant hageniaa are harvested sustainably for many of their uses rather than, for example, by cutting down the whole tree. M to Q Common names and photo. The bark is reddish brown, fissured and peeling.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Kenya, it is dominant in the zone above bamboo thickets, between — m, where it occurs in association with Hypericum revolutum Vahl, Juniperus procera Hochst.

African Redwood

In the southern highlands of Tanzania, Hagenia abyssinica is a protected tree. As a result of its enormous significance, H. It became known to European medicine as a tapeworm remedy early in the 19 th century. An infusion made using dried and pounded female flowers has been used widely against tapeworms. Hagenia abyssinica is endemic abyssincia the Afromontane regions of central hagnia eastern Africa. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.

Published on the Internet at http: An attractive tree, hagenia is sometimes planted as an ornamental.

Liverworts Mosses True Mosses Club. A royalty fee is required for a licence to exploit it. Accessed 13 November Hagenia abyssinica hagenia Image: Young trees have poor competitive ability. On most East African mountains, Hagenia abyssinica is common just below the tree-line at about 3, metres above sea levelwhere it may form almost pure woodlands.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. However, its use is rapidly diminishing.

Hagenia abyssinica

In Ethiopia, kosso is often taken with other plants to render its action uagenia agreeable, e. It is often found near the upper limit of forest growth, giving way to giant heather zones above it.

East African Redwood, Kosso Family: It is a species of flowering plant native to the high-elevation Afromontane regions of central and eastern Africa. Small and dry, remaining hidden within the dried flower parts.

Female Female flowers rather viscid, more red, haenia to 1. The bark is reddish brown and often peels from the tree trunk and branches. Gleditsia triacanthos Golden Honey Locust. Hazards Side-effects resulting from consumption of infusions of hagenia flowers have been reported. Tropical Montane Cloud Forests: Hagenia abyssinica is widely distributed in montane Africa and not hageia.