Anthocleista baertsiana De Wild. & T.Durand
Anthocleista gossweileri Exell
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[
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[
Tropical Africa - Ghana to the Central African Republic, south to Namibia and Zambia.
Open localities in swamps and periodically inundated forests at elevations from sea-level up to 400 metres[
A stem bark decoction is taken to treat hernias[
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[
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[
The sap is applied topically to treat otitis or ophthalmia[
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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