Gnetum africanum is an evergreen Climber growing to 12 m (39ft) by m (1ft 4in) at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) The plant is not self-fertile. Suitable . PDF | Gnetum africanum is a forest liana that grows abundantly in Central Africa, South America, and tropical and subtropical Asia. Its leaves. J Med Food. Nov;14(11) doi: /jmf Epub Aug Gnetum africanum: a wild food plant from the African forest with many.

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Gnetum africanum – Useful Tropical Plants

You will receive a range of benefits including: Eru is mainly found in many parts in Africa where it is regarded as a very popular and highly valued vegetable. Gnetum comprises approximately 35 species of small trees, shrubs or most often lianas, found in tropical South and Central America about 7 speciesAfrica 2 species and Asia about 25 species. Under wild conditions, the plant grows and forms underground tubers or roots afticanum store plant food reserves.

It is recommended that leaf blades of cuttings be trimmed in half[ ]. Gnetum africanum depletion is largely associated with tree felling and overexploitative forestry practices.

They are usually afircanum with meat or fish and occasionally consumed as a salad. These can remain alive for many years when the vegetation and the plant growth above ground are cleared and the soil surface is laid bare[ ]. To leave a comment please Register or login here All comments need to be approved so will not appear immediately. Female plants often show more vigorous growth with stronger stems than male plants. Economically, Gnetum africanum can be used as a means to maintain a supplemental income as it is available throughout the year, [13] and may be used as a form of supplementary income for rural farmers in Cameroon.



To soften this rather tough vegetable, people often mix it with waterleaf Talinum triangulare Jacq. Gnetum africanum Gnetum africanumfrom the coastal rainforest of Cameroon. The stem of the plant may also be eaten for medicinal purposes, including the reduction of pain during childbirth.

Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. Applied externally, the chopped-up leaf serves as a dressing on warts and boils to hasten maturation[]. It has been found in primary and secondary semi-deciduous humid forests, both in dense and sunny transitional savannah locations, ranging from sea-level to meter altitude.

The 2 African species, which are very similar, have been classified in section Gnetumsubsection Micrognemones.

Moreover, male vines of Gnetum africanum are less appreciated because of their smaller, thinner and paler leaves, and because of their less vigorous growth. Mealy bugs are the main pest in the nursery.

Gnetum africanum – Wikipedia

Shredded gmetum can be dried and preserved for later use[ ]. Man and the biosphere. The orthotropic ones have small, scale-like leaves and rapidly grow vertically, reaching the main branches of a tree where they produce plagiotropic stems with fully developed leaves. It has also been noted that the vine does not grow particularly well in very moist conditions such as marshes and swamps.


Wikispecies has information related to Gnetum africanum. Gnetum africanum is an evergreen Climber growing to 12 m 39ft by 0. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select afrixanum.

For Gnetum buchholzianum there is gnwtum need to harvest only female plants. Retrieved from ” https: The shade tolerant vine does not grow well in direct sunlight and can be found climbing on middle and under-story trees. In the Central African Republic the leaves are eaten to treat nausea and as an antidote to arrow poison made from Periploca nigrescens Afzel.

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The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. It is assumed that seeds need gnetuj, such as passing through the intestines of a bird, fruit bat, squirrel or other animal, before they germinate[ ]. The total lifespan of eru is estimated at over 10 years.