Periploca secamone L.
Secamone thunbergii E.Mey.
Secamone alpini is a scrambling or climbing shrub[
]. The twining stems can climb into the tops of trees[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Africa - Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, S. Africa.
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The stem, which like that of the wild vine and other twining shrubs, climbs to the very tops of the tallest forest-trees, is used by baboons instead of ropes, to swing themselves from tree to tree, when in search of food, or in escaping from their enemies[
A cold water extract of the roots is taken to treat stomach gas and to ease child delivery[
]. A tuber decoction is taken as a laxative, and also to treat heartburn, diabetes, dizziness and stiff joints[
A latex oozes from wounds in the plant[
]. No uses are mentioned.
The white wood is hard and tough ; but although the stem often attains a considerable length, its thickness rarely exceeds 7cm. Local people use these twigs like the Europeans use the willow[
]. This is, presumably, for making baskets[
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