Picralima nitida

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Picralima nitida
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Picralima
Species: P. nitida
Binomial name
Picralima nitida
(Stapf) T. Durand & H. Durand 1909

Picralima klaineana Pierre

Picralima nitida, the Akuamma, is a tree species in the genus Picralima found in West Africa. The dried seeds from this plant are used in traditional medicine throughout West Africa, particularly in Ghana as well as in the Ivory Coast and Nigeria. The seeds are crushed or powdered and taken orally, and are mainly used for the treatment of malaria[2] and diarrhoea, and as a painkiller. The plant produces the alkaloids pericine and akuammine.


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