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Ancylobothrys petersiana

(Klotzsch) Pierre

Apocynaceae


There has been considerable disagreement about the correct spelling for this generic name. It was originally written as Ancylobothrys by Pierre in the Bull. Soc. Linn. Paris ser. 2: 91. 1898. This was considered to be a mis-spelling by many botanists and Huber, in Fl. W. Trop. Afr. 2nd ed. 2. 1963, corrected it to Ancylobotrys. This name remained in common usage for around 50 years but several recent publications have reverted to the original spelling. We also are following the original spelling since it has now been accepted in the Kew 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families[].

+ Synonyms

Ancylobotrhys rotundifolia (Dewèvre) Pierre

Ancylobotrys petersiana (Klotzsch) Pierre

Landolphia angustifolia K.Schum. ex Engl.

Landolphia monteiroi Dyer ex Stapf

Landolphia petersiana (Klotzsch) Dyer

Landolphia senensis (Klotzsch) K.Schum.

Pacouria angustifolia (K.Schum. ex Engl.) Kuntze

Pacouria petersiana (Klotzsch) S.Moore

Willughbeia petersiana Klotzsch

Willughbeia senensis Klotzsch

Common Name:

Ancylobothrys petersiana
Very sweet fragrant flowers. In the dunes close to Xai-Xai, Mozambique.
Photograph by: Ton Rulkens
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Ancylobothrys petersiana Ancylobothrys petersiana

General Information

Ancylobotrys petersiana is an evergreen climbing shrub, sometimes sprawling over the ground but more usually growing over trees and bushes[[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
]. It produces woody stems up to 6 metres or more that support themselves on other plants by means of tendrils[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
]. The mature trunk can be 2 - 5cm in diameter[
971
Title
Revision of Ancylobotrys Pierre; Series of Revisions of Apocynaceae XXXV!!
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 94-3
Author
Vonk G.J.A; Leeuwenberg A.J.M.; Haegens R.M.A.P.
Publisher
Wageningen Agricultural University; Netherlands
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
A revision of the genus with good information about plant habitat and uses
].
The plant is eagerly harvested from the wild for its desirable edible fruits, which are eaten locally and sold in local markets[
323
Title
Lost Crops of Africa. Vol. 3 Fruits.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
National Academy Press
Year
2008
ISBN
030910596X
Description
Masses of information on about 70 species of plants that have been utilized as fruits in Africa.
]. This little-known species bears apricot-coloured, pear-shaped fruit that some experts consider to have more potential than the related and better-known wild peach (Ancylobotrys kirkii). It is sweeter, tastier, and more attractive than its better-known relative, and therefore, they say, more saleable[
323
Title
Lost Crops of Africa. Vol. 3 Fruits.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
National Academy Press
Year
2008
ISBN
030910596X
Description
Masses of information on about 70 species of plants that have been utilized as fruits in Africa.
]. Although not cultivated, the plant is often protected by local people[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
,
971
Title
Revision of Ancylobotrys Pierre; Series of Revisions of Apocynaceae XXXV!!
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 94-3
Author
Vonk G.J.A; Leeuwenberg A.J.M.; Haegens R.M.A.P.
Publisher
Wageningen Agricultural University; Netherlands
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
A revision of the genus with good information about plant habitat and uses

Range

Eastern Africa - Somalia and Kenya, south to S. Africa, Madagascar and the Comoros.

Habitat

In dune scrub, among boulders on rocky hillsides, in mixed woodland[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
]. Open bushland or woodland, coastal evergreen forest, dry forest, at elevations from sea level to 400 metres[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusSemi-cultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



The plant produces sweetly-scented white flowers[
323
Title
Lost Crops of Africa. Vol. 3 Fruits.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
National Academy Press
Year
2008
ISBN
030910596X
Description
Masses of information on about 70 species of plants that have been utilized as fruits in Africa.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
323
Title
Lost Crops of Africa. Vol. 3 Fruits.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
National Academy Press
Year
2008
ISBN
030910596X
Description
Masses of information on about 70 species of plants that have been utilized as fruits in Africa.
]. The pulpy flesh is delicious[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
]. The flavour has been likened to guavas[
323
Title
Lost Crops of Africa. Vol. 3 Fruits.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
National Academy Press
Year
2008
ISBN
030910596X
Description
Masses of information on about 70 species of plants that have been utilized as fruits in Africa.
]. The fruit is more or less round, with numerous seeds embedded in the soft pulp[
323
Title
Lost Crops of Africa. Vol. 3 Fruits.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
National Academy Press
Year
2008
ISBN
030910596X
Description
Masses of information on about 70 species of plants that have been utilized as fruits in Africa.
]. It is eaten when both ripe and nearly ripe[
323
Title
Lost Crops of Africa. Vol. 3 Fruits.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
National Academy Press
Year
2008
ISBN
030910596X
Description
Masses of information on about 70 species of plants that have been utilized as fruits in Africa.
]. The ripe fruit is eaten skin and all, but the semi-ripe fruit must be first peeled[
323
Title
Lost Crops of Africa. Vol. 3 Fruits.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
National Academy Press
Year
2008
ISBN
030910596X
Description
Masses of information on about 70 species of plants that have been utilized as fruits in Africa.
]. The pulp of the fruit is soaked in water, squeezed and filtered. The juice is then sweetened with sugar and drunk after being cooled[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
]. The fruit is around 5cm in diameter, yellow or light orange when fully ripe[
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The stem produces a white latex, which is tapped and used for making balls[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

The stems are flexible and used for ropes[
398
Title
Edible Wild Plants of Tanzania
Publication
 
Author
Ruffo, C.K.: Birnie, A. & Tengnas, B.
Publisher
Regional Land Management Unit; Nairobi.
Year
2002
ISBN
9966-896-60-0
Description
A very well presented, simple guide to growing and utilizing wild food plants in Tanzania, with line drawings of each plant, a description, habitat and range, non-food as well as food uses, plus basic information on growing the plants.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Root suckers.
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