Monodynamis iserti J.F.Gmel.
Usteria volubilis Afzel.
Flowering plant, growing over other vegetation
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
Usteria guineensis is a climbing shrub with stems usually up to 3 metres long, occasionally to 12 metres[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use and as a source of tying material. The plant is sold in local markets for these purposes[
In Liberia the Dan people use the leaves as an ingredient of arrow poison[
In Benin the fruits are used as an ingredient of arrow poison[
West tropical Africa - Senegal to Central African Republic, south to Angola.
Secondary forest and thickets, in open localities in rainforest and in tree savannah, at elevations from sea-level up to 1,200 metres[
A decoction of the fruits or roots is taken to treat coughs and common cold[
In Sierra Leone the Mende people rub the roots on the forehead, neck and joints to treat malaria. In Togo a root decoction is taken to treat gonorrhoea[
Sap of warmed stems is used as ear drops to treat earache[
]. In Senegal a twig decoction is taken or used as a bath to treat fever in children[
The stem is used to make ropes for beehives[
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