Icacina mannii is a scandent or straggling shrub, or liane; it can produce stems 1.5 - 6 metres tall, growing from a large, underground tuber[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Cameroon and DR Congo, south to Angola.
Evergreen forest, swamp and gallery forests, forest clearings; at elevations from 5 - 1,200 metres[
A leaf-decoction is taken as an expectorant and emetic to relieve bronchial affections and coughs[
The leaf-sap, combined with guinea-grains (Aframomum melegueta), constitute an embrocation applied in massage to areas of costal pain[
]. The leaf-sap is added to that of a Tetrorchidium species (possibly Tetrorchidium didymostemon) for use on sores[
The root is sometimes taken as an expectorant and emetic to relieve bronchial affections and coughs[
The tuber is mashed up and macerated for 2 - 3 days in water, which is then drunk as a remedy for gastro-intestinal troubles and dysentery[
The plant (part not stated) is reputed to be a purgative and a powerful diuretic; it is used in the treatment of oedema and female sterility[
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