Dioscoreophyllum chirindense Swynn.
Dioscoreophyllum jollyanum Pierre ex Diels
Dioscoreophyllum klaineanum Pierre ex Diels
Dioscoreophyllum lobatum (C.H.Wright) Diels
Dioscoreophyllum strigosum Engl.
Rhopalandria cumminsii Stapf
Rhopalandria lobata C.H.Wright
Common Name: Serendipity Berry
Serendipity berry is a perennial climbing plant with stems up to 1.8 metres long growing from tubers around 2cm in diameter. The stems, which often become more or less woody and persist, scramble over the ground and twine into other plants for support[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit and root. It is occasionally cultivated, especially in Ghana[
Western, central and northeastern tropical Africa.
Dense rain-forest and galleried forest, often in old cultivation sites[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - raw. The intensely sweet, mucilaginous pulp of the fruit is considered to be the sweetest known naturally occurring substance - it is up to 3,000 times sweeter than sucrose[
]. It has been recommended as a non-carbohydrate sugar substitute[
]. The fruit can keep for several weeks at room temperature without losing its sweetness[
]. The fruit is a small, subovoid drupe up to 35mm long[
Roots. Small and yam-like[
]. They can be eaten like potatoes[
The root is considered as a sexual stimulant[
The pungent peel of the roots is used to cure wounds[
The softened stem, devoid of hairs, is applied as a plaster on swollen limbs[
The viscid sap of the stem is applied as a poultice to extract abscesses and spines and is also used as a wash against venereal diseases[
Seed - germination is inhibited by light[
Division of tubers.
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