Hexalobus glabrescens Hutch. & Dalziel
Hexalobus huillensis (Engl. & Diels) Engl. & Diels
Hexalobus senegalensis A.DC.
Uvaria huillensis Engl. & Diels
Uvaria monopetala A.Rich.
Hexalobus monopetalus is a semi-deciduous shrub or small tree with horizontal branches and a rounded quite dense crown; it can grow from 2 - 10 metres tall[
The plant has a range of uses: its edible fruits are commonly gathered from the wild for local use; the plant is often used medicinally; it supplies fibre and a useful timber..
Africa - Senegal to Sudan, south to S. Africa, but absent in the moister parts of the continent.
]. Open woodlands in dry regions as well as reasonably well-watered ones[
]. Miombo woodland and Combretum-Terminalia scrub, at elevations from 900 - 1,500 metres[
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In Tanzania, the plant grows in areas with a mean annual rainfall in the range 750 - 1,300 mm[
Succeeds in various soil types, including sandy soils, sandy loams and sandy clay loams[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The fruit has a juicy white pulp that is eaten fresh or in the form of jam (which is said to be delicious)[
]. Fresh, they have a pleasantly acid taste[
]. The small, oblong fruits are scarlet when ripe and sometimes are patterned with green-veins[
]. The cluster of oval scarlet to orange fruitlets, each about 5 cm long, are borne in a single flower[
The seeds are eaten[
]. Used as a spicy condiment[
Bark-preparations enter into the Senegalese pharmacopoeia for the treatment of colic, causing neither constipation nor diarrhoea[
A root-decoction is recommended as a laxative[
]. A decoction of the root, combined with the bark of Ficus glumosa, is used as a treatment against diabetes[
A decoction of the leaves is used as a antitussive, expectorant and promoter of bronchial secretions[
The whole plant is used as an expectorant and in treatment of colds and chest-complaints, and diarrhoea[
The bark yields a fibre which is commonly used for cordage[
The reddish wood is strong, tough and very durable332]. It is valued in many areas for poles in hut-building, and the wood for chair-legs, tool-handles, bows, spoons, gunstocks and carvings[
The wood is used for fuel[
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