Landolphia hirsuta is a climbing shrub, producing stems up to 20 metres long that clamber into the trees of the forest[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its latex.
Western tropical Africa - Senegal to Cameroon.
Scrambling into trees in the forest and galleried forest, often on river-banks[
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The fruit is globose, 5 - 8 cm in diameter, with pulp that is sweet, somewhat acidulous and edible. It is occasionally eaten[
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[
The source of a fair rubber, known as 'La Glu' and 'Accra paste'[
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 â€˜paste rubberâ€™, â€˜Accra pasteâ€™, â€˜flake rubberâ€™, â€˜lump rubberâ€™, â€˜root rubberâ€™, â€˜brown clusterâ€™, or â€˜medium brown.â€™ Even into the 1930â€™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[
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