Antidesma schweinfurthii Pax
Maesobotrya hirtella Pax
Maesobotrya floribunda is a bushy shrub, sometimes becoming a tree, with drooping branches; it usually grows 1.5 - 6 metres tall, though tree forms can grow up to 12 metres tall and exceptional specimens to 20 metres have been recorded. The bole can be 3 - 25cm in diameter, usually branching from near the base. The tree produces suckers[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, food and source of wood.
Tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo, Zambia.
Gallery forest, often in open, seasonally inundated localities, sea-level to 1,000 metres[
]. Rain-forest, often on steep, rocky slopes; riverine and swamp forests; secondary wooded formations; rocky slopes; at elevations from 330 - 1,520 metres[
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Found in the wild mainly on sandy loams, enriched with clay or organic material[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Young leaves - cooked[
]. An acid flavour, they are used as a potherb[
The leaves are rubbed on the skin to treat prickly heat[
The picrotoxane sesquiterpenoid picrotoximaesin was isolated from a methanol extract of the seeds[
The wood is used to make house posts and kitchen utensils[
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