Uvaria afzelii is a small tree or spreading shrub growing up to 5 metres tall[
The tree is used locally, being harvested from the wild for food and medicines.
West tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Nigeria.
Thickets surrounded with grass in places inundated during the rainy season[
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The flowers are very heavily scented[
The fruit is edible[
The bark or pieces of the stem are sometimes put into palm-wine to add potency, or are added to the distillate to give colour to the spirit[
The plant is held to be good for treating fevers, bronchial troubles and stomach-ache[
]. The leaves are used in the treatment of fevers and, boiled with pepper, are taken in draught, or rubbed on the skin in cases of 'yellow fever'[
]. The pulped leaves are eaten with (? Oil-) palm seeds for treating coughs[
]. The leaf-sap is used as a nasal instillation for treating epileptic fits and fainting[
Applied externally, a decoction is used to wash a person with small-pox or mange[
The bark is antitussive, diuretic, febrifuge, hepatic and purgative[
]. It is used to treat infections of the liver, kidneys and bladder and as a cough medicine[
The root is antidote, stomachic[
]. It is used to treat inflammations of the bladder and kidneys; digestive problems; gonorrhoea; and as an antidote for poisoning due to eating bad food[
]. The root-bark on its own is taken internally for treating catarrhal inflammations of the mucous membranes; bronchitis; as well as for gonorrhoea[
Examination of the roots has shown no alkaloid present[
The bark contains some tannin[
The wood is hard[
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