Oligostemon pictus Benth.
Duparquetia orchidacea is a vigorous shrub or small tree. As a tree it can grow around 8 metres tall, but will often scramble into the surrounding vegetation, where it can reach into the canopy layer of the forest[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a drink, medicine and source of fibre. It might be worthy of cultivation as an ornamental for the sake of its showy pink and white flowers[
West tropical Africa - Liberia to Nigeria and Cameroon, south to Angola
Locally common in savannah, forest regrowth with Musanga, forest and stream banks, coastal scrub; at elevations up to 550 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Although many species within the family Fabaceae have a symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria, this species is said to be devoid of such a relationship and therefore does not fix atmospheric nitrogen[
An alcoholic, stimulant drink can be made from the stem[
The bark is used in the treatment of dropsy, oedema, gout and swellings[
The stem is used for making rope[
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