The genus Dregea is not universally recognised. We are following the treatment in the African Plant Database[
], but some other treatments place all species of Dregea in the genus Marsdenia, making this species Marsdenia abyssinica (Hochst.) Schltr.[
Dregea africana (Decne.) Martelli
Hoya africana Decne.
Marsdenia abyssinica (Hochst.) Schltr.
Marsdenia spissa S.Moore
Pterygocarpus abyssinicus Hochst.
Dregea abyssinica is a shrub, usually with a cimbing habit, producing stems rich in latex up to 16 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of fibre. Because of its large, white, fragrant flowers it has potential as an ornamental[
Tropical Africa - Senegal and Gambi east to Eritrea amd Ethiopia, south through Uganda and Kenya, Tanzania to Angola and Zimbabwe; Arabia - Yemen.
Forest margins and scrub in secondary forest growth, often on sandy soils along rivers, at elevations from 200 - 1,800 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The latex is used as ear drops to treat otitis[
The fruit is cooked in soup and the soup given to children as a strong laxative in case of constipation[
A bark infusion is taken to treat diarrhoea[
The fresh roots are chewed as an aphrodisiac[
The mashed root is applied to snakebites[
The seeds contain pregnane-type glycosides drevogenin A and B[
A fibre is obtained from the stems[
]. The strong stems are used as rope when branding cows[
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