Pycnobotrya multiflora K.Schum. ex Stapf
Pycnobotrya nitida is a vigorous climbing shrub producing stems up to 40 metres long that can climb to the tops of the surrounding trees in the forest. The stems can be up to 12cm in diameter and contain a white latex[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, food and source of fibre.
West tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo.
Forests, often along the banks of rivers, at low elevations[
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Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. This is probably more for their medicinal benefits than for their taste[
The leaves are eaten with other food to treat bronchitis and other chest infections[
The latex is taken to treat haematuria, diarrhoea and dysentery[
The above treatments are supplemented in traditional medicine by wearing a cord made from the bark of Pycnobotrya nitida and Haumantia sp. Round the neck or chest[
The plant contains steroids and terpenes[
A fibre obtained from the bark is used to make cords which are used for purposes such as crossbows[
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