Adenopus breviflorus Benth.
Adenopus ledermannii Harms
Adenopus multiflorus Cogn.
Adenopus noctiflorus Gilg
Lagenaria breviflora is a perennial climber with herbaceous stems that can be up to 6 metres long[
]. The stems scramble over the ground or climb into surrounding vegetation, attaching themselves by means of tendrils. The leaves very scabrid and sandpapery[
]. The stem when broken has an unpleasant smell[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Tropical Africa - Senegal to Tanzania, south to Angola and Mozambique.
Rain- and ground-water-swamp- or other forests and swampy areas; riverine forest; scrub; at elevations of 400 - 2,000 metres[
The stem when broken has an unpleasant smell, and a decoction from it is said to be used in the treatment of headaches[
The root is used as a purgative and vermifuge[
The fruit is extremely bitter and contains a strong amount of alkaloids. It is used as a cathartic[
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