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Alafia barteri is a vigorous, climbing shrub producing stems up to 35 metres long that scramble over the ground or climb up into trees in the forest. The stems can be 3cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a tying material and medicine.
The plant is said to be poisonous, but no further information is available[
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Cameroon, Congo and Gabon.
Lowland forests at elevations up to 200 metres[
]. Closed forest and secondary scrub[
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The plant is used as a fever medicine[
An infusion of the leaves is used to treat malaria[
]. A decoction is taken to treat rheumatic pains[
Ethanol and water extracts of the leaves have shown antifungal activity against Aspergillus flavus, A. fumigatus, A. niger, Candida albicans, Microsporum audoninii, Trichoderma viride and Trichophyton mentagrophytes[
]. The ethanol extracts were more effective than the water extracts[
The twining stems contain a bast fibre and are used as a binding material for roofs, etc[
]. The fibre of the stems is used as binding material for roofs[
The roots are used as chew sticks[
A latex obtained from the stems has been used to adulterate better latex[
The Igbo name, ota, meaning ‘a bow’ suggests the stems may be used to make them[
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