Pleiocarpa mutica

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Pleiocarpa mutica
Pleiocarpa mutica 136-8343.jpg
Pleiocarpa mutica [1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Genus: Pleiocarpa
Species: P. mutica
Binomial name
Pleiocarpa mutica
  • Hunteria pleiocarpa Hallier f.
  • Pleiocarpa salicifolia Stapf
  • Pleiocarpa tricarpellata Stapf

Pleiocarpa mutica grows as a shrub or small tree up to 7.5 metres (25 ft) tall, with a stem diameter of up to 5 centimetres (2.0 in). Its fragrant flowers feature a white corolla. Fruit is yellow to bright orange with paired follicles, each up to 2 centimetres (0.79 in) long. The plant is found in a variety of habitats from sea-level to 600 metres (2,000 ft) altitude. Local medicinal uses include as a treatment for stomach-ache, kidney diseases, malaria, jaundice and as a laxative.[3] P. mutica is found in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Gabon and the Republic of Congo.[4]


  1. ^ 1910 illustration from M.S. del., J.N.Fitch lith. - Curtis's Botanical Magazine, London., vol. 136 [= ser. 4, vol. 6]: Tab. 8343
  2. ^ "Pleiocarpa mutica". The Plant List. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Medicinal Plants. PROTA. 2008. pp. 468–469. ISBN 978-9-05782-204-9. 
  4. ^ Search for "Pleiocarpa mutica", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 18 August 2013