This species is part of a complex of closely related species, including Urera flamigniana Lambinon; Urera cordifolia Engl.; and Urera mannii (Wedd.) Benth. & Hook.f. Ex Rendl. These species are separated by having different distribution areas in West and Central Africa[
Urera gravenreuthii is a climbing plant producing stems 4.5 - 8 metres long. The branches are unarmed[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of fibre.
Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, most, if not all, members of this genus have strongly stinging hairs[
The leaves are used as a component of arrow poison[
West tropical Africa - Benin, Cameroon.
Forests at elevations from 700 - 1,800 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Leaves - cooked. Eaten in soups and as a mucilaginous cooked vegetable[
The following reports are for the closely related U. Cordifolia[
]. They almost certainly apply to this species also.
There are numerous local medicinal uses reported for the leaf sap, leaf decoctions and dried, powdered leaves. These include in the treatment of dysentery; neuralgia; deafness and other ear affections; diarrhoea with blood; chest pain; male impotency; and furuncles. The leaves are also used as an aphrodisiac and laxative[
The whole plant is used as a diuretic[
The sap of crushed inflorescences is taken as a poison antidote[
The bark fibre provides an excellent twine for fish-nets and lines, and for purposes requiring strength[
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