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 ‘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[
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