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.
Ancylobothrys gabonensis Pichon
Ancylobothrys trichantha Pichon
Ancylobotrys pyriformis Pierre
Landolphia pyriformis (Pierre) Stapf
Pacouria pyriformis (Pierre) Pichon
Ancylobothrys pyriformis is a vigorous, climbing, evergreen shrub, capable of reaching 30 metres into the canopy of forest trees[
]. The branches can attach themselves by means of terminal tendrils[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food
West tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo.
Fruits probably take a year from flowering to develop and ripen[
Fruit - raw. A somewhat apricot-like flavour[
]. The fruit is a yellow, globose or pear-shaped berry, 7 - 15cm in diameter, containing 4 - 20 relatively large seeds[
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