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Useful Tropical Plants

Landolphia hirsuta

(Hua) Pichon

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Carpodinus hirsuta Hua

Common Name:

Landolphia hirsuta
Fruiting stem
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General Information

Landolphia hirsuta is a climbing shrub, producing stems up to 20 metres long that clamber into the trees of the forest[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its latex.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Western tropical Africa - Senegal to Cameroon.

Habitat

Scrambling into trees in the forest and galleried forest, often on river-banks[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The fruit is globose, 5 - 8 cm in diameter, with pulp that is sweet, somewhat acidulous and edible. It is occasionally eaten[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Medicinal

The fresh bark-sap, after removal of the rubber is used as a cough-mixture, and decoction of the root-bark is taken by draught for blennorrhoea and by enema for haemorrhoids[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
]

Other Uses

The source of a fair rubber, known as 'La Glu' and 'Accra paste'[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].
It yields an abundant latex producing occasionally a good quality rubber, but more often resinous and tacky. As much as 66% resin is reported. The rubber was a part of that produced in Ghana and Nigeria at the beginning of the 20th century which was marketed as ‘paste rubber’, ‘Accra paste’, ‘flake rubber’, ‘lump rubber’, ‘root rubber’, ‘brown cluster’, or ‘medium brown.’ Even into the 1930’s there was an export (1933, 188 tonnes; 1934, 120 tonnes) from Ivory Coast of its rubber known as glu. When coagulated by boiling and stirring a sticky product results which is an excellent adhesive. Coagulation can also be achieved by addition of lime-juice. The rubber has been used to adulterate Funtumia rubber[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Propagation

Seed -

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