Isolona bruneelii De Wild.
Isolona pleurocarpa nigerica Keay
Isolona seretii De Wild.
Isolona solheidii De Wild.
Monodora hexaloba Pierre
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[
The bark is a popular traditional medicine that is commonly harvested from the wild and often sold in local markets[
]. The wood is also used locally.
Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo, northern Angola.
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[
The plant can flower and produce fruit all year round[
A very variable species[
In traditional medicine the bark is used as purgative and bark decoctions are administered to treat abdominal pain, constipation and wounds[
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[
The sesquiterpene derivative cazolobine has also been isolated from the roots[
Pieces of wood serve as torches[
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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