Uvariopsis congensis is an evergreen shrub or a small tree with spreading branches; it can grow 4 - 12 metres tall. The bole can be 25cm in diameter. The flowers are produced entirely on the trunk and stems of the plant[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
Tropical Africa - Cote D'Ivoire, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, northern Angola, Zambia.
An understorey plant of fringing forest and forest margins, also in secondary evergreen forest; at elevations from 1,080 - 1,650 metres[
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Grows well in shady positions[
]. The plant is intolerant of drought[
The fruits are an important food for chimpanzees and monkeys, locally even the main food. It has been reported that these primates often spit the seeds, dispersing them in this way, but the seeds are also swallowed and dispersed by the dung. It has been noted that seeds from chimpanzee dung germinated, but that those taken directly from trees did not[
The plant regenerates under the canopy and in small gaps in the forest. Seedlings usually die if they germinate in large, open gaps in the forest[
Leaf extracts have shown antimalarial activity and also cytotoxicity against human KB cancer cell lines[
Acetogenins have been isolated from the leaves[
The branches are used to make bows[
Seed - sow in a shady position in a nursery seedbed[
]. The seed germinates better if it has passed through the digestive tract[
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