Monotes glaber is a tree usually growing 3 - 10 metres tall with occasional specimens attaining 20 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood.
Tropical Africa - Zambia, Botswana.
Sandy Brachystegia and Baikiaea woodland[
]. Open woodland[
Root decoctions or infusions are used to treat haematuria and loss of blood during pregnancy, and as aphrodisiac[
]. Roots are chewed to treat toothache and pulverized roots are taken against male infertility[
The pulverized bark is taken to treat cardiac pain[
Extracts of Monotes glaber displayed significant dose-dependent mutagenicity in Salmonella typhimurium strains[
The wood of Monotes species is generally of poor shape and too small to be of much use apart from locally, where it is valued for its hardness and generally good durability[
The reddish brown wood of this species is used for poles of huts and is suitable for furniture although pieces are often small and the wood is difficult to work[
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