Uvaria holstii Engl.
Uvaria leptocladon holstii (Engl.) Engl. & Diels
Uvaria acuminata varies in habit. According to its habitat, it can be a shrub, a tree or a climbing plant with much-branched stems that are 2 - 9 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild and used locally as a food, medicine and source of wood. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
Although there is likely to have been habitat loss across its range because of expanding agriculture, urbanization, etc., these are not viewed as major threats to this species. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
East tropical Africa - near the coast in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique.
Thickets, bushland and dry scrubby forest, also in wetter evergreen forest or woodland, predominantly coastal, at elevations from sea level to 800 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Fruit - raw[
]. The pulp of ripe fruits is sweet and is eaten by sucking it out and discarding the seeds[
]. A refreshing juice is prepared by squeezing ripe fruits in water and adding some sugar, then it is filtered and drunk before or after being cooled[
]. The yellow or orange, round to ovoid fruits are 8 - 16mm in diameter. They are produced in clusters of 5 - 15 fruits[
The roots are boiled and the decoction is used for the treatment of dysentery, snakebite, painful menstruation, stomach-ache and breast disorders[
The wood is used for withies, bows, tool handles and walking sticks[
The wood is used for fuel[
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