Adenia cissampeloides

Source: West African Plants

Source: West African Plants

NAME: Adenia cissampeloides

FAMILY: Passifloraceae

COMMON NAME(s): Adenia

LOCAL NAMES: Arokeke, Godogbo, Akan-twi

USEFUL PART(s):  Leaves, Stem-bark


  • The leaves are cooked and eaten as a vegetable
  • The sap from the tree is used as cosmetics
  • The stem can be use to make rope
  • Used as fish poison


  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Seychelles
  • Angola
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Mozambique


Adenia cissampeloides medicinal uses include:

  • Hypertension
  • Nervous disorder
  • Stress
  • Cough
  • Gonorrhea
  • Antimicrobial
  • Oedema
  • Rheumatism
  • Pain relief
  • Fever
  • Malaria
  • Lactation stimulants


  • Ornamental purpose


  • The plant is toxic


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