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Useful Tropical Plants

Ancylobothrys amoena

Hua

Apocynaceae


There has been considerable disagreement about the correct spelling for this generic name. It was originally written as Ancylobothrys by Pierre in the Bull. Soc. Linn. Paris ser. 2: 91. 1898. This was considered to be a mis-spelling by many botanists and Huber, in Fl. W. Trop. Afr. 2nd ed. 2. 1963, corrected it to Ancylobotrys. This name remained in common usage for around 50 years but several recent publications have reverted to the original spelling. We also are following the original spelling since it has now been accepted in the Kew 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families[].

+ Synonyms

Ancylobotrys amoena Hua

Landolphia amoena (Hua) Hua

Landolphia ferruginea (Hallier f.) Stapf

Landolphia nitida Lebrun & Taton

Landolphia petersiana schweinfurthiana (Hallier f.) Stapf

Landolphia scandens ferruginea Hallier f.

Landolphia scandens rigida Hallier f.

Landolphia scandens schweinfurthiana Hallier f.

Pacouria amoena (Hua) Pichon

Pacouria petersiana schweinfurthiana (Hallier f.) S.Moore

Pacouria scandens floribunda (Hallier f.) Pichon

Common Name:

Ancylobothrys amoena
Fruiting branch
Photograph by: Peter B. Phillipson
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General Information

Ancylobothrys amoena is an evergreen scrambling shrub or climbing plant that can produce branches 10 metres or more long. The branches can climb into the surrounding vegetation, attaching themselves by means of terminal tendrils[
971
Title
Revision of Ancylobotrys Pierre; Series of Revisions of Apocynaceae XXXV!!
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 94-3
Author
Vonk G.J.A; Leeuwenberg A.J.M.; Haegens R.M.A.P.
Publisher
Wageningen Agricultural University; Netherlands
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
A revision of the genus with good information about plant habitat and uses
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

971
Title
Revision of Ancylobotrys Pierre; Series of Revisions of Apocynaceae XXXV!!
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 94-3
Author
Vonk G.J.A; Leeuwenberg A.J.M.; Haegens R.M.A.P.
Publisher
Wageningen Agricultural University; Netherlands
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
A revision of the genus with good information about plant habitat and uses

Range

Tropical Africa - Liberia eastwards through southern Chad, Sudan and Uganda, south to Gabon, DR Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania

Habitat

Secondary forest and gallery forest in woodland at elevations from sea level to 2,400 metres[
971
Title
Revision of Ancylobotrys Pierre; Series of Revisions of Apocynaceae XXXV!!
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 94-3
Author
Vonk G.J.A; Leeuwenberg A.J.M.; Haegens R.M.A.P.
Publisher
Wageningen Agricultural University; Netherlands
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
A revision of the genus with good information about plant habitat and uses
].

Properties

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HabitEvergreen Climber
Height10.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Flowering and fruiting is usually seasonal, though in the east of its range it can occur scattered through the year[
971
Title
Revision of Ancylobotrys Pierre; Series of Revisions of Apocynaceae XXXV!!
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 94-3
Author
Vonk G.J.A; Leeuwenberg A.J.M.; Haegens R.M.A.P.
Publisher
Wageningen Agricultural University; Netherlands
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
A revision of the genus with good information about plant habitat and uses
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
]. A somewhat apricot-like flavour[
971
Title
Revision of Ancylobotrys Pierre; Series of Revisions of Apocynaceae XXXV!!
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 94-3
Author
Vonk G.J.A; Leeuwenberg A.J.M.; Haegens R.M.A.P.
Publisher
Wageningen Agricultural University; Netherlands
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
A revision of the genus with good information about plant habitat and uses
]. The fruit is a yellow to red, globose or slightly pear-shaped berry, 15 - 20mm in diameter, containing 1 - 4 relatively large seeds[
971
Title
Revision of Ancylobotrys Pierre; Series of Revisions of Apocynaceae XXXV!!
Publication
Wageningen Agricultural University Papers 94-3
Author
Vonk G.J.A; Leeuwenberg A.J.M.; Haegens R.M.A.P.
Publisher
Wageningen Agricultural University; Netherlands
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
A revision of the genus with good information about plant habitat and uses
].

Seed[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Medicinal

The sap is dripped straight into the eye for suppuration[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

The fruits are used as a treatment on sores[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Other Uses

The plant contains a white latex which may be sparse, or abundant. It does not coagulate naturally, nor can it apparently be made to do so, but it dries to an useless powder[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
]. There are, however, references to it being a rubber yielder in the Bassa area of N Nigeria and in Sudan[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

The stems are woven into baskets and fish-traps[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Propagation

Seed -
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