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Useful Tropical Plants

Macrosphyra longistyla

(DC.) Hiern

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Gardenia longistyla (DC.) Hook.

Gardenia paleacea A.Rich.

Macrosphyra paleacea (A.Rich.) K.Schum.

Oxyanthus villosus G.Don

Randia longistyla DC.

Solena longistyla (DC.) D.Dietr.

Common Name:

Macrosphyra longistyla
Close-up of the flowers
Photograph by: Atamari
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General Information

Macrosphyra longistyla is a shrub producing long, arching stems up to 4 metres long that often clamber into other plants for support.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical Africa - Mauritania and Senegal to Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Habitat

Damp depressions in waste places of secondary jungles, usually along coastal areas, but sometimes found inland in west Africa[
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 *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitClimber
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Young leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
617
Title
Traditional Vegetables in Benin
Publication
 
Author
Achigan-Dako E. Et al
Publisher
Darwin Initiative; International Foundation for Science
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
Issued as a PDF on the Internet, it contains basic information on over 250 species of plants used for food in Benin.
].

Medicinal

The leaves and flowers are used medicinally[
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 roots are diuretic and are used to treat kidney problems[
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

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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