Fadogia obovata N.E.Br.
Pachystigma ancylanthum (Schweinf.) K.Schum.
Pachystigma obovata (N.E.Br.) Eyles
Temnocalyx ancylantha (Schweinf.) Robyns
Temnocalyx obovata (N.E.Br.) Robyns
Fadogya ancylantha is a perennial plant with stems up to 180cm long that can become woody, growing out of a woody rootstock that is up to 2cm in diameter[
The edible fruits are much liked by children and herdsmen, who commonly harvest them from the wild. The plant is also used as a chewstick to care for the teeth.
Tropical Africa - Nigeria to Sudan and Uganda, south through eastern Africa to Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Grassland with scattered trees, high grassland, Acacia and Combretum wooded grassland as well as Brachystegia woodland; also in old cultivation, at elevations from 100 - 1,900 metres[
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Plants can withstand annual bush fires, resprouting from the woody rhizome once the fire is past[
Fruit - raw[
]. The ripe fruits are fleshy with a sweet flavour and a pleasant smell[
]. The fruit is a round five-lobed berry, about 12mm in diameter[
The dried leaves are boiled and used as a tea[
The nectar produced by flowers is sweet and sucked by children[
Roots are chewed and then used as a toothbrush which helps stop bleeding from the gums[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe[
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