Adenodolichos paniculatus is an erect shrub or subshrub with stems that become more or less woody; it can grow from 1.5 - 4.5 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials.
Tropical Africa - running in a belt from Guinea, through Nigeria to South Sudan, northern DR Congo and Uganda
Woodland; scrub; grassland with scattered low trees; wooded savannahs on hardpan; regrowths; at elevations from 900 - 1,350 metres[
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Adenodolichos species are usually among the first plants to appear after bush fires, resprouting from their underground rootstock[
The leaf is mashed with oil and applied topically as a dressing for treating burns[
]. The leaf has been used in the treatment of toothache[
A decoction of the root has been used in the treatment of blenorrhoea and liver troubles[
A methanolic leaf extract has been shown to possess analgesis and anti-inflammatory properties, thus supporting the ethno-medical claims for the use of the plant in the management of painful and inflammatory conditions[
The coarse stems of several species in this genus are used as roofing ties in traditional hut construction[
The leaf is used to wrap the hands or feet when staining them with henna[
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