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(Acharia family)


About 170 species in 32 genera are found in tropical regions but also in South Africa as trees or shrubs, or as as stemless or climbing herbs (Mabberley 2017).

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Caloncoba echinata (Oliv.) Gilg
[syn. Oncoba echinata Oliv.]

In Ivory Coast the pounded seeds are used sometimes with success against lice and mange; and a lotion prepared from this plant is used in Guinea and Sierra Leone for pustular eruptions of the skin (Kerharo & Bouquet 1950, Irvine 1961).

Carpotroche amazonica Mart. ex Eichler
[syn. Mayna amazonica (Mart. ex Eichler) J.F.Macbr.]

According to a note found on an herbarium specimen collected in Colombia, the bark is used as a caustic (von Reis Altschul 1973).

Hydnocarpus pentandrus (Buch.-Ham.) Oken
[syn. Hydnocarpus wightianus Blume]

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  • Irvine FR (1961) Woody Plants of Ghana. With special reference to their uses. London: Oxford University Press [doi] [WorldCat] [url] [url-2]
  • Kerharo J, Bouquet A (1950) Plantes Médicinales et Toxiques de la Côte d'Ivoire — Haute-Volta. Mission d'Étude de la Pharmacopée indigène en A. O. F. Paris: Vigot Frères [doi] [WorldCat] [url] [url-2]
  • Mabberley DJ (2017) Mabberley's Plant-Book. A portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses, 4th edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [WorldCat] [doi] [url]
  • von Reis Altschul S (1973) Drugs and Foods from Little-Known Plants. Notes in Harvard University Herbaria. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press [WorldCat] [doi] [url] [url-2]

Richard J. Schmidt

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