Strychnos melinoniana is a climbing shrub, growing into the surrounding trees and supporting itself by means of tendrils.
The edible fruits are sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.
Northern S. America - Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana and Surinam.
Rain and Mora forests[
Fruit - raw[
]. The thin, fleshy pulp has a sweet flavour[
]. The subglobose berry is about 3cm long and 2cm in diameter[
The root bark is used as a powerful aphrodisiac[
A bitter aphrodisiac drink is prepared from the stem, but it acts on the central nervous system in a debilitating way[
An infusion of the wood in vermouth is used as a youth restorative[
The plant contains a number of active alkaloids, including melinonine A,B,E,F,G,I,K,L,M, mavacurine and fluorocurine[
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