Erythrophleum suaveolens Health effects and herbal facts
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Erythrophleum suaveolens is a species of plants that can be found in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The species are 20 metres in height, and have a rough and blackish bark. The plants liaves have 2–3 pairs of pinnae, which carry 7–13 leaflets. The leaflets are 5 by 2.5 centimetres, are green coloured and ovate. The flowers have fluffy spikes, and are creamy-yellow coloured. Fruits are hard, the pod of which is flat.
The bark of the tree has been used in Liberia to make a toxic concoction used for a form of trial by ordeal called "sassywood".
Economic importance of Erythrophleum suaveolens
- Northeast Tropical Africa: Chad; Sudan
- East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
- West-Central Tropical Africa: Cameroon; Central African Republic; Zaire
- West Tropical Africa: Cote D'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
- South Tropical Africa: Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia; Zimbabwe