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Useful Tropical Plants

Meiocarpidium lepidotum

(Oliv.) Engl. & Diels

Annonaceae

+ Synonyms

Unona lepidota Oliv.

Uvaria zenkeri Engl.

Common Name:

Meiocarpidium lepidotum
Fruiting stem
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General Information

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[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo.

Habitat

Understorey of lowland evergreen and semi-deciduous forest, also in secondary forest. It is locally dominant in the shrub layer[
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Properties

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HabitTree
Height8.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The flowers are lemon-scented[
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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[
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A maceration of the bark in cold water has been administered to treat fever[
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Some alkaloids, methoxyatherosperminine and N-oxy-methoxyatherosperminine, have been isolated from the bark, as well as the triterpene polycarpol and the lignan meiocarpin[
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Other Uses

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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Propagation

Seed -
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