Dalechampia ipomoeifolia is usually a climbing shrub producing stems up to 7 metres long and 3 - 5mm wide at the base, that twine into other plants for support. At times, though, the plant can be more shrub-like or even become tree-like with a single trunk[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Uganda, south to DR Congo to Tanzania.
Forest margins at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
]. Forest edges; regrowth; plantations; more rarely in aquatic meadows; periodically flooded wooded formations with Alchornea cordifolia; gallery forest; at elevations from 200 - 1,150 metres[
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The flowering aerial parts are applied topically to calm costal and rheumatic pain[
A triterpene resin is produced in the flowers[
]. No human uses are recorded for it, but bees harvest it and use it in nest construction[
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