Barleria opaca is a perennial plant with more or less woody, scrambling stems that sometimes root at the nodes[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
West tropical Africa - Cote D'Ivoire to Cameroon, south to Gabon.
Forest undergrowth in lowland areas[
We have no specific information for this species, but plant in this genus generally prefer a position in full sun or partial shade and a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. Leaf-analysis showed carbohydrates 47%, protein 19%, ash 17% with high mineral content especially calcium, aluminium, and iron[
The plant is used as a children’s medicine for piles, the leaves being boiled in water and the child squatting in the warm liquor[
]. The whole plant is used in the treatment of jaundice, rheumatism and paralysis[
The leaf-sap is used in the treatment of catarrh[
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