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Useful Tropical Plants

Mimusops andongensis

Hiern

Sapotaceae

+ Synonyms

Mimusops warneckei Engl.

Common Name:

Mimusops andongensis
Looking into the canopy
Photograph by: Marco Schmidt; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Marco Schmidt
Mimusops andongensis Mimusops andongensis

General Information

Mimusops andongensis is a shrub or a tree with a dense, strongly-branched crown; it can grow up to 20 metres tall. The bole is up to 100cm in diameter, but usually much less. All parts of the plant contain latex[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

West tropical Africa - Guinea Bissau to Cameroon and the Central African Republic, south to Angola and DR Congo.

Habitat

Forest and fringing forest along watercourses; in the transition zone between savannah and forest; in periodically flooded forest on heavy clay soils; wooded savannah or formerly cultivated land in the later stages of succession[
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Properties

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HabitTree
Height15.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The fruits are used as an alternative for chewing gum[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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The latex from the bark is used to flavour palm wine[
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Medicinal

The latex from the bark is used to treat malaria and as a penile stimulant[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

The wood is very hard. It is valued locally (especially in Nigeria) for building purposes, making canoes, axe handles and for carving[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
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Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
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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/
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Title
Cataloge of African Plants Collected by Dr. Friedrich Welwitsch in 1853 - 1861
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Author
Hiern. W.P.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Longmans & Co.; London.
Year
1898
ISBN
 
Description
In 6 volumes, it gives botanical descriptions and some uses of the plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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Propagation

Seed -
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