There has in the past been some confusion in the literature between this species and Pentarrhinum insipidum, with this species being wrongly treated as Pentarrhinum insipidum[
Pentarrhinum abyssinicum is a herbaceous, perennial climbing plant, producing strongly-branched annual stems 2 - 2.5 metres long from fibrous roots[
]. The stems scramble over the ground and twine into the surrounding vegetation[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Tropical Africa - Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe.
Open woodland, forest margins and grasslands, at elevations from 1,000 - 2,000 metres[
The roots are chewed and the juice swallowed to treat stomach-ache. The roots can also be boiled and the decoction drunk for this purpose[
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