Lannea afzelii Engl.
Lannea dahomensis A.Chev.
Lannea glaberrima Engl. & K.Krause
Lannea grossularia A.Chev.
Odina nigritana Scott-Elliot
Odina oghigee (G.Don) Hook.f.
Spondias oghigee G.Don
Lannea nigritana is a sparsely branched tree with a widely spreading crown; It can grow 8 - 15 metres tall. The bole can be 30cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials. It is often planted in villages for the fruit[
Tropical west Africa - Senegal to Cameroon and Gabon.
Extreme dry types of forest (var. nigritana); stony soil in coastal savannah; fringing forest, forest gallery; niayes; doleritic plateaux; drier parts of secondary growth of the savannah in the forest zone; at elevations from 5 - 718 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
]. The ripe fruit is black[
A decoction of the bark is used in the treatment of intestinal pains and dysentery[
]. Sap from the pounded bark is given to epileptics and persons subject to giddiness and fainting[
Applied externally, the pulped bark is put on areas of skin trouble, and into sore[
]. The powdered bark is considered to be a sovereign remedy for stubborn sores and the inner bark layer is used in massage to restore muscular tone[
A decoction of the roots and bark in butter, and in a draught, is used in the treatment of chest-troubles and stiffness[
The powdered root, combined with the leaves of Strychnos sp., is used as a treatment for abscesses and inflammations[
A decoction of leaves and twig-bark is administered as an enema for treating abdominal complaints[
The seed is purgative[
Ash from the burnt wood is a source of potash that is used to make soap[
In Sierra Leone a variety is recognized which ’does not have knobs on the bark.’ This is said to have a finer scent than other forms and women collect the frass made by borers in the stem, dry it out, grind it and mix it with water. This is used as a scented cosmetic to rub on the body, and also to rub on to areas of craw-craw[
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