Embelia abyssinica Baker
Embelia batesii S.Moore
Embelia dasyantha Gilg & G.Schellenb.
Embelia erythrocarpa Gilg
Embelia gilgii Mez
Embelia guineensis Baker
Embelia kilimandscharica Gilg
Embelia mujenja Gilg
Embelia nyassana Gilg
Embelia pellucid (Hiern) K.Schum.
Embelia tessmanni auct.
Embelia tessmannii Gilg & G.Schellenb.
Embelia tibatiensis Gilg & G.Schellenb.
Pattara kilimandscharica (Gilg) Hiern
Pattara pellucid Hiern
Embelia schimperi is a small tree growing 4- 6 metres tall, or sometimes adopts a climbing habit with stems up to 12 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. The fruits are sold in local markets for medicinal purposes[
Tropical Africa - Nigeria to Ethiopia, south to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Upland thickets in primary forest or jungle[
]. Roadsides, thickets, forest edges at elevations from 1,000 - 3,200 metres[
A plant of the tropics, where it is found at elevations from 1,000 - 3,200 metres. In Tanzania, the plant grows in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range 800 - 2,000mm[
Grows in a wide range of soil types[
Leaves - raw[
]. A salty flavour[
]. The young leaves are collected and eaten raw in small amounts as a snack, mostly by cattle herders[
The leaves are pounded and the powder is rubbed into swollen breasts of lactating mothers to treat mastitis[
Alternatively, the powder is soaked in water and the infusion is drunk to treat difficult labour in women or for tapeworm[
The fruits and roots are boiled and the decoction drunk to treat intestinal worms[
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