Alafia cuneata Stapf
Alafia major Stapf
Alafia reticulata K.Schum.
Wrightia stuhlmannii K.Schum.
Alafia lucida is a vigorous climbing shrub. According to one report it grows about 6 metres tall[
], whilst another says that it can be 45 metres or more long with a stem up to 18cm in diameter[
]. The stems scramble over the ground or climb up into surrounding vegetation.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
The latex, coagulated with the sap from Costus spp, is used as arrow poison[
Tropical Africa - Cote D'Ivoire to Rwanda and Uganda, south to Angola and Tanzania.
Primary and secondary rainforest at elevations up to 2,000 metres[
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The aerial parts of the plant are used in the treatment of jaundice, swollen glands[
Applied externally, it is used to treat eye-troubles and to heal sores[
A decoction of the leaves is used to treat stomach complaints[
Applied externally, the decoction is used to wash sores[
A paste made from the bark and plant sap is applied as a dressing to promote the healing of wounds[
Unnamed alkaloids have been reported in the seeds[
A dirty yellow latex is obtained in abundance from the stems[
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