Annona mannii Oliv.
Uvaria crassipetala Engl. ex Engl. & Diels
Anonidium mannii is a tree growing from 10 - 30 metres tall[
]. The bole can be 40 - 80cm in diameter[
It is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit and is also used locally in traditional medicine[
Tropical Africa - Ghana, south to Gabon, east to DR Congo.
Rain-forest, fringing forest, and adjacent savannah on clayey soil with humus[
]. A lower and middle storey tree of the lowland dense rain-forest[
A plant of the humid, lowland tropics.
Fruit - large, with a good flavour[
]. Well-fleshed, with a sweet-sour taste[
]. The soft, yellow flesh can vary from sweet and delicious to somewhat sour[
]. The fruit is around 25 - 50 cm x 20 - 30 cm[
]. It can weigh up to 7 kilos[
A decoction of the bark is used in the treatment of gastro-intestinal affections, dysenteriform diarrhoeas and ovarian troubles, and sometimes for coughs[
]. The powdered bark is given to epileptics to eat or to ill persons suffering from giddiness[
Externally, the powdered bark is put on sores, snake bites and to maturate buboes[
]. The bark scrapings, passed over a fire and wrapped in a Marantacea leaf, are applied as a poultice for feverish pains, oedemas and rheumatism[
]. They are also put in a little boiling water and used as a vapour bath[
The macerated bark-raspings are given as an enema for colic[
A trace of alkaloids is reported present in the leaves, bark and roots[
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