This name is not universally accepted. We are following the treatment in the 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families', but some other treatments, such as the African Plant Database[
], use Morinda geminata DC., as the correct name[
Morinda batesii Wernham
Morinda geminata DC.
Psychotria chrysorhiza Thonn.
Morinda geminata is an evergreen shrub or a tree, sometimes multi-stemmed, that can grow up to 9 metres tall. The bole is 12 - 40cm in diameter[
The plant is a popular traditional medicine, especially for the treatment of fevers. It is harvested from the wild for this purpose, and also for its use as a dye plant and fuel. The leaves are sold in Freetown markets for medicinal use, whilst the tree is sometimes planted for its various uses near to houses in Sierra Leone[
West tropical Africa - Senegal to Togo, also in Cameroon, Central African Republic and DR Congo.
Rainforest, secondary rainforest and scrub[
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|Cultivation Status||Semi-cultivated, Wild
The plant flowers throughout the year[
A decoction of the leaves is used as a purge, and is also bathed in when suffering from malaria[
A decoction of the dried leaves is taken as a treatment for malaria[
Decoctions of either the root or the leaves are both used in the treatment of fevers, and are supposed to be particularly efficacious in cases of yellow fever[
A decoction of the roots is given to weakly babies, and the babies are also washed in it to make them grow strong[
The root bark is used to dye traditional cotton cloth bright orange-red and the bark is also chipped and added to indigo baths to promote fermentation and to produce darker blue colours[
The yellow wood is hard and resistant. It is not used as a timber, but is used as a fuel[
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