Gardenia malleifera Hook.
Gardenia whitfieldii Lindl.
Genipa malleifera (Hook.) Baill.
Randia cuvelierana De Wild.
Randia eetveldiana De Wild. & T.Durand
Randia homblei De Wild.
Randia malleifera (Hook.) Hook.f.
Randia malleiflora Walp.
Randia stolzii K.Schum. & K.Krause
Rothmannia eetveldiana (De Wild. & T.Durand) Fagerl.
Rothmannia malleifera (Hook.) Benth.
Rothmannia whitfieldii is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can grow up to 15 metres tall.
A popular dye plant in the regions where it grows wild. The plant is also gathered from the wild for a number of local medical applications. An attractive ornamental plant with potential for the garden, it is particularly valued for its large, pendulous, sweet-scented, white or brownish-white flowers[
Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Sudan, south to Angola, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
Forest undergrowth, often in old secondary forest, but also in savannah woodland, at elevations up to 1,700 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The charred fruits are used to strengthen palm wine[
The plant is considered to possess febrifugal, anti-diarrhoeic and oxytocic properties[
The fruit juice is applied externally to promote healing in a range of skin conditions including leprous areas; sores; eczema, especially on the toes; and wounds[
Drinking cold water in which chips of the root bark have been steeped provokes abundant expectoration and is used to give relief for asthma sufferers[
The root ash is used as a cicatrizant on wounds and to treat eczema on the toes[
The inky sap is used for dyeing the skin[
The fruit juice and fresh seeds contain a blue-black dye, which is widely used in tropical Africa to dye or decorate cloth; as a cosmetic for body decoration; to mark an outline for tattooing; to rub into tribal markings in the skin to make them more conspicuous; and as an ink[
]. The dye is said to be permanent[
To obtain the dye, the fruit is heated on a fire then crushed. The black liquid obtained can be mixed up with charcoal powder for drawing designs[
]. The colour can be changed to greyish-blue by adding lemon juice on the entire dyed cloth or on some designs only[
]. The dye is sometimes mixed together with dye prepared from the pods and seeds of Piliostigma thonningii[
The wood is hard and used for hoe-handles[
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