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Caloncabo echinata... beautiful and powerful enough to treat leprosy!

Explore Dec 14, 2011 #44


At the base of the stairs in the Rare Plant House stands a lovely small tree, about 10 feet tall, with these starburst translucent white flowers with long golden stamens! The stems aren't thorny but have short stubs on them as you can see here. Most memorable of all is its fragrance! Blissful!


A shrub, or small tree to 25' high of the understorey of the closed-forest from Guinea to Western Nigeria.The wood is very hard and used for walking-sticks, tool-handles, and small articles like combs. In Ghana it is called Twi which means elephant’s comb. Caloncoba echinata is used in the treatment of malaria, leprosy and dermal infections. It has yellowish-orange sea-urchin-like fruits.


Novel triterpenes derived from Caloncoba echinata

Published in Malaria Weekly, March 3rd, 2003

The seeds are the source of Gorli Oil which is used in the treatment of leprosy.

Researchers in Denmark have isolated a trio of plant-derived anti-malarial agents from leaves of Caloncoba echinata." H. L. Ziegler and coauthors, Royal Danish School of Pharmacy, 2003 MAR 3 &


Caloncoba echinata, flacourtiaceae, African

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Windows to the Tropics, Miami, FL

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Taken on December 10, 2011