Adenia venenata

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NAME: Adenia venenata

FAMILY: Passifloraceae

COMMON NAME(s): Akerbia  

LOCAL NAMES: Dodo, Yaga, Arokeke, oti, gantimi, bambuhi

USEFUL PART(s): Leaves, roots, stem-bark, fruits


  • Ornamental purpose


  • Nigeria
  • Djibouti
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Tanzania
  • Somalia


Adenia venenata medicinal uses include:

  • Cough
  • Bronchitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Fever
  • Stem-pulp is an aphrodisiac
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Analgesic
  • Diuretic
  • Hypertension
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