Citropsis latialata (De Wild.) Swingle & M.Kellerm.
Citropsis mirabilis A.Chev.
Citropsis preussii (Engl.) Swingle & M.Kellerm.
Citropsis schweinfurthii (Engl.) Swingle & M.Kellerm.
Citrus articulata Spreng.
Limonia demeusei De Wild.
Limonia mirabilis A.Chev.
Limonia poggei Engl.
Limonia preussii Engl.
Limonia schweinfurthii Engl. (1895)
Limonia ugandensis Baker f.
Citropsis articulata is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing from 2.5 - 7 metres tall. The bole, which can be around 23cm in diameter, is usually branched from the base[
]. The branches are armed with thorns that are 5 - 25mm long[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible fruit and medicinal uses. It has acquired a high reputation for treating impotence and is often gathered from the wild and the root traded. The plant has also been recommended for use as an ornamental[
The plant seems to be endangered by extinction in Uganda where the root is considered aphrodisiac and is commonly harvested from the wild[
Tropical Africa - Ghana to DR Congo and Uganda.
Rain-forest; dry (semi-)deciduous and secondary forests; forest edges; along rivers, at elevations from 480 - 1,550 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Plants are said to be able to tolerate at least occasional light frosts[
Grows best in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a fertile, moist but well-drained soil[
Fruit - raw[
]. The tangerine-like fruits have a typically sweet orange-like flavour[
The bark is used medicinally[
The root is aphrodisiac[
]. It is claimed by some to be the herbal equivalent of 'Viagra'[
Seed - rather slow to germinate, but usually coming relatively true to their parent[
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