Fruits of A: This species; B: Burasaia congesta; C: Burasaia madagascariensis X B. congesta??
Photograph by: George E. Schatz
Burasaia madagascariensis is a shrub growing up to 4 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and dye.
The alkaloids of the wood may be injurious to wood-workers[
The sap from the wood is irritant to the skin[
Africa - eastern Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros.
An adaptable species, occurring in humid, intermediate and dry forest, from coastal sand dunes up to elevations of 1,600 metres[
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The bitter leaves and stem bark are added to alcoholic beverages drunk during circumcision ceremonies[
A tea prepared from the roots is one of the oldest medicines against malaria in Madagascar, and is also used to treat enlarged spleen and hepatic affections[
A decoction of the root bark is taken as a cholagogue against nausea and retching[
A leaf decoction is drunk against fever and gonorrhoea[
The root decoction has been shown to have a slow-action antimalarial effect in humans. It causes a contraction of the spleen and is believed to force the Plasmodium parasites to stay in the bloodstream, where they can be controlled by smaller doses of chloroquine or quinine[
The root yields a bright yellow dye[
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