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Tetrapleure (Tetrapleura tetraptera), an unknown African medicinal and spice plant

Tetrapleure (Tetrapleura tetraptera), an unknown African medicinal and spice plant

Zeitschrift für Arznei- und Gewürzpflanzen 6(2): 59-63

ISSN/ISBN: 1431-9292

T. tetraptera is a medicinal and spice tree found in tropical West Africa. Following a detailed description of plant morphology, details are given of chemical composition, pharmacological effects, toxicity and uses. Various saponins (including aridinin), glycosides, tannins and flavonoids are found in leaves, bark, fruits and seeds. Alkaloids are found only in the leaves and fruit oil. The fruit extract is reported to have antispasmodic properties, the bark antigonadotropic properties.

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