Connarus djalonensis A.Chev.
Connarus nigrensis Gilg
Connarus venosus Smeathman
Omphalobium africanum (Lam.) DC.
Tricholobus africanus (Lam.) Heckel
Connarus africanus is a shrub that often climbs into other plants or scrambles along the ground[
]. The stems can grow to 7 metres tall or more[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use[
]. An ornamental plant, often climbing, and is sometimes grown from stakes to make a hedge[
Western tropical Africa - Senegal to southern Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon.
Evergreen wet forest[
]. Rain forest and riverine forest, and sometimes in thickets in savannah[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the lowland humid tropics.
The bark contains some resinous matter giving it tonic and astringent properties[
The root-bark is used in some areas as a taenicide[
A hot decoction of bark is used as a wash for treating ulcers[
]. Used as an astringent for bleeding wounds, the bark is applied finely powdered or mixed with palm-oil (Afzelius fide)[
The leaf-sap is irritant to mucosae, and is used in a nasal instillation together with the bark-sap of Chrysophyllum perpulchrum in cases of fainting[
The leaf-sap is considered aphrodisiac when combined with salt and pimento[
The seeds, after removal of the aril and sun-drying, are ground up and taken as a purge and vermifuge which is said to be particularly effective against tapeworm[
]. The preparation is normally taken with boiled rice, or as a decoction or infusion[
]. Sixty gm of the powder is said to act with certainty[
]. There is colouring matter in the bark and seeds but only a fatty substance and some tannin have been recorded. The taenicidal action may be due to the latter[
The plant is ornamental, often climbing, and can be grown from stakes to make a hedge[
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