Mallotus subulatus is a shrub or a tree that can grow up to 5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Cameroon and Central African Republic; south to Gabon, Congo and DR Congo.
Evergreen lowland forest[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
An infusion of the roots, combined with the seeds of Aframomum melegueta, is taken as an enema to treat lumbago[
The roots, leaves and fruits are ground and taken in water to treat dysentery[
Wet leaves are pulped and applied to wounds as a styptic[
]. The head is massaged with the pulp or maceration of young leaves to treat headache and nervous break-down[
The ground seeds in water are taken to treat stomach-ache[
The bark sap is rubbed onto local scarifications in case of pain in the side and lumbago[
Preliminary tests revealed traces of alkaloids in the roots, and abundant saponins and little tannin in the stem bark and roots[
In southern Nigeria the Igbo people apply the powdered seeds to the faces of young men and girls as a mask[
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