Trichoscypha braunii Engl.
Trichoscypha buettneri Engl.
Trichoscypha congensis Engl.
Trichoscypha ferruginea Engl.
Trichoscypha flamignii De Wild.
Trichoscypha laurentii De Wild.
Trichoscypha redingii De Wild.
Fruit cut open to show the flesh and seed
Photograph by: Ehoarn Bidault
Trichoscypha acuminata is an unbranched or poorly branched evergreen tree; it can grow 15 - 20 metres tall. The straight bole can be 50cm in diameter, the leaves are usually crowded at the tops of the stem or any branches[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
West tropical Africa - Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo, northern Angola.
Humid rain forest; terra firma forest; at elevations from 90 - 1,500 metres[
Fruit - raw[
]. The pulp is eaten, it has a vinous taste[
The fruit-juice makes a pleasant drink[
The bark, and also that of other closely related species, is used as a remedy against constipation in infants[
]. A bark decoction is given to women to treat sterility and dysmenorrhoea, and for haemorrhage during pregnancy[
A bark-decoction is used to wash small-pox pustules and to bathe rheumatics[
]. A decoction is also used in steam baths and in frictions of the lees for bronchial affections, headache, feverish stiffness, pains in the sides or stomach, as a vermifuge and an aphrodisiac[
The fruit is given to convalescents and to anaemic people as a tonic[
A trace of saponin is reported present in the bark[
Tannins are present in the bark and roots[
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