Deidamia clematoides Harms
Giorgiella congolana De Wild.
Efulensia clematoides is a climbing plant producing stems up to 40 metres long and 5cm in diameter. These climb into the surrounding vegetation, supporting themselves by means of tendrils[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
A concentrated root decoction is used to produce an arrow poison[
Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo.
Rain forest and marshy forest at elevations up to 800 metres[
]. Often also found in secondary forest and forest margins[
The flowers are generally bisexual, but can be functionally male[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable, mainly for their supposed medicinal virtues[
The leaves are cooked as a vegetable and eaten with meat or fish for their supposed beneficial action upon the liver and for treating enlarged spleens[
Some saponins are present in the bark and roots[
Hydrocyanic acid is abundant in the roots, and traces of it occur in the bark[
The plant contains the cyanohydrin glycosides barterin (tetraphyllin B) and deidaclin[
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