NAME: Bridelia ferruginea
COMMON NAMES: Ira
LOCAL NAMES: Ira, ira odan, ira eju,Kirni,Ola,okuk, da-fing saba
USEFUL PART(s): Leaves, bark,roots,fruits
The wood is use to make granary
It also serves as fuel
Liquid from the wood is use for glazing in pottery
Extracts from the plant is use for dyeing clothes
WHY IS IT GREEN?
Bridelia ferruginea medicinal values include
general care in children
Bridelia ferruginea is a straggly tree about 15 m tall with crooked trunk up to 1.80 m in circumference; the commonest species ranging from Guinea and Mali to S Nigeria, and throughout the wooded savanna regions of Africa.
The tree is said to drip water all through the dry season in Sierra Leone and it is fire-resistant.
Awodele, O., Amagon, K. I., Agbo, J., & Prasad, M. N. V. (2015). Toxicological evaluation of the aqueous stem bark extract of Bridelia ferruginea (Euphorbiaceae) in rodents. Interdisciplinary Toxicology, 8(2), 89–98. https://doi.org/10.1515/intox-2015-0014
Bakoma, B., Berké, B., Eklu-Gadegbeku, K., Agbonon, A., Aklikokou, K., Gbeassor, M., & Moore, N. (2014). Effect of Bridelia ferruginea Benth (Euphorbiaceae) ethyl acetate and acetone fractions on insulin resistance in fructose drinking mice. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 153(3), 896–899. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2014.03.065