Unona lepidota Oliv.
Uvaria zenkeri Engl.
Meiocarpidium lepidotum is a shrub or a tree usually growing up to 8 metres tall with specimens up to 20 metres reported. The bole can be up to 30cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
West tropical Africa - Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo.
Understorey of lowland evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, also in secondary forest. It is locally dominant in the shrub layer[
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The flowers are lemon-scented[
Although the fruits are not palatable to humans, and have an unpleasant smell, they are eaten by gorillas and chimpanzees, which may serve as seed dispersers[
A maceration of the bark in cold water has been administered to treat fever[
]. Bark decoctions are used as purgative and in a bath to treat abdominal pain and worm infections in babies[
Some alkaloids, methoxyatherosperminine and N-oxy-methoxyatherosperminine, have been isolated from the bark, as well as the triterpene polycarpol and the lignan meiocarpin[
The heartwood is greenish brown with darker streaks; it is distinctly demarcated from the whitish to yellowish, soft and flexible sapwood. The wood is used for implements such as spoons, paddles and oars[
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