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Useful Tropical Plants

Isolona hexaloba

(Pierre) Engl. & Diels

Annonaceae

+ Synonyms

Isolona bruneelii De Wild.

Isolona pleurocarpa nigerica Keay

Isolona seretii De Wild.

Isolona solheidii De Wild.

Monodora hexaloba Pierre

Common Name:

Isolona hexaloba
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: Thomas Couvreur
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General Information

Isolona hexaloba is a tree that can grow from 10 - 40 metres tall. The bole can be free of branches for 75% of its height; it is deeply fluted; and up to 60cm, exceptionally 100cm, in diameter[
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African Flowering Plants Database
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The bark is a popular traditional medicine that is commonly harvested from the wild and often sold in local markets[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo, northern Angola.

Habitat

Evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, in both dense primary as well as more open secondary formations, often along rivers; at elevations up to 700 metres[
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Properties

HabitTree
Height20.00 m
Pollinators?Beetles, Insects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant can flower and produce fruit all year round[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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A very variable species[
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Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
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0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

In traditional medicine the bark is used as purgative and bark decoctions are administered to treat abdominal pain, constipation and wounds[
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids curine and cycleanine have been isolated form the root bark. Both compounds showed significant trypanocidal activity in mice infected with strains of Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan causing Chagas’ disease[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The sesquiterpene derivative cazolobine has also been isolated from the roots[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

Pieces of wood serve as torches[
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The heartwood is creamy white, and indistinctly demarcated from the white sapwood, which becomes reddish upon exposure. The wood is used for shields[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-11-13. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Isolona+hexaloba>

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