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Useful Tropical Plants

Anthocleista liebrechtsiana

De Wild. & T.Durand

Gentianaceae

+ Synonyms

Anthocleista baertsiana De Wild. & T.Durand

Anthocleista gossweileri Exell

Common Name:

Anthocleista liebrechtsiana
Leaves and inflorescence
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Anthocleista liebrechtsiana Anthocleista liebrechtsiana

General Information

Anthocleista liebrechtsiana is an unarmed, few-stemmed shrub or small tree growing from 0.5 - 12 metres tall. The bole can be up to 30cm in diameter[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
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Author
Burkil. H. M.
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Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
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Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
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This tree is one of several species in the genus that are much used in traditional medicine and for similar medicinal purposes. They may all be used as substitutes for each other. When sold on the market it is difficult to differentiate the dried bark of the different species. The tree is commonly harvested from the wild[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Ghana to the Central African Republic, south to Namibia and Zambia.

Habitat

Open localities in swamps and periodically inundated forests at elevations from sea-level up to 400 metres[
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A stem bark decoction is taken to treat hernias[
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A root decoction is taken to treat stomach-ache in women, ovarian problems, venereal diseases, hernia, bronchitis and fever, and also to induce labour and as a purgative[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Sap of the young leaves; the root powder, and the pulp of the bark are all used to treat sores, abscesses, as a haemostatic and for cicatrization[
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The sap is applied topically to treat otitis or ophthalmia[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The plant contains the secoiridoid glycoside swertiamarin (swertiamaroside), a compound used in Asian medicine. Patent applications have been submitted for its use in hair-growth products and hepatitis medicines[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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