Thespesia populnea

Thespesia populnea (L.) Sol. ex Corrêa, Ann. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. 9: 290. (1807).

Thespesia populnea
Thespesia populnea
Thespesia populnea
Thespesia populnea (L.) Sol. ex Corrêa, Photo by Nguyễn Hồng Quân

The native range of this species is NE. Sudan to Indian Ocean, Tropical & Subtropical Asia to Pacific. It is a tree and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome. It is used as animal food, a poison, a medicine and invertebrate food, has environmental uses and social uses and for fuel and food.

Vietnamese name: 

Tra bứa

Latin name: 

Thespesia populnea (L.) Soland. ex Correa – Hibiscus populneus L.




Soothing, migraine headache (Fruit). Diarrhea dysentery, hemorrhoids (Decorated bark drink).


The tree grows naturally, living on canals, popular in the southern provinces.

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