Jardinea gabonensis Steud.
Phacelurus congensis (Hack.) Zon
Rhytachne congensis Hack.
Rhytachne gabonensis (Steud.) Hack.
Rottboellia angolensis Rendle
Rottboellia gabonensis (Steud.) Roberty
Phacelurus gabonensis is a coarse, clump-forming perennial grass with cane-like culms up to 3 metres tall[
Often gathered from the wild as a local source of material for thatch, weaving, basket making etc, the plant also enters into a form of semi-cultivation in order to provide material for these purposes[
Tropical Africa - Ghana to Nigeria, extending into Sudan and south to Zambia and Angola.
]. Seasonally wet grassland and on river banks at elevations around 1,000 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Semi-cultivated, Wild
A root-decoction is given to small children as a treatment for colic; it is also taken for blennorrhoea[
The fresh root, pulped to a mash, is applied as a poultice to the stomach for intestinal pain, and sap from the pounded root is put up the nostrils to stop nose-bleeding[
The culms are commonly made into baskets, fish-traps, screens, coarse matting, sleeping-mats, grain-storage containers and covers, etc. They are also often used for thatch[
]. The culms are woven into a framework which is plastered with a filler (usually cow dung) to make beehives[
The root is worn by women as a perfume[
The canes are used as splints in binding bone-fractures, and also serve as arrow-shafts[
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