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Ancylobotrys petersiana - (Klotzsch) Pierre

Common Name Mbohoya, Mwungo-wungo.
Family Apocynaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats In dune scrub, among boulders on rocky hillsides, in mixed woodland[ 308 ]. Open bushland or woodland, coastal evergreen forest, dry forest, at elevations from sea level to 400 metres[ 398 ].
Range Eastern Africa - Somalia and Kenya, south to S. Africa.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Ancylobotrys petersiana Mbohoya, Mwungo-wungo.
Ancylobotrys petersiana Mbohoya, Mwungo-wungo.


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Mbohoya, Ancylobothrys petersiana, is a tropical, evergreen shrub that climbs over trees and bushes for up to 6 m or more high. The leaves are narrowly oval and leathery and the flowers are white or cream with a distinguished sweet scent. The fruit are yellow or orange when ripe. The raw fruit is edible and best eaten when ripe or nearly ripe. The fruit is round-like with numerous seeds embedded in the soft, fleshy pulp that tastes like guava. The fruit juice is sweetened with sugar. The stem is used for ropes due its flexible characteristic and it also is a source of white latex. Plant is grown from seeds or root suckers.

Physical Characteristics

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Ancylobotrys petersiana is an evergreen Climber growing to 6 m (19ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Ancylobotrys rotundifolia (Dew?vre) Pierre Landolphia angustifolia K.Schum. ex Engl. Landolphia mont


Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[ 323 ]. The pulpy flesh is delicious[ 308 ]. The flavour has been likened to guavas[ 323 ]. The fruit is more or less round, with numerous seeds embedded in the soft pulp[ 323 ]. It is eaten when both ripe and nearly ripe[ 323 ]. The ripe fruit is eaten skin and all, but the semi-ripe fruit must be first peeled[ 323 ]. The pulp of the fruit is soaked in water, squeezed and filtered. The juice is then sweetened with sugar and drunk after being cooled[ 398 ]. It is also frozen and eaten as iced blocks. The fruit is around 5cm in diameter, yellow or light orange when fully ripe[ 308 ]. Fruit can be stored for about 2 weeks.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Other uses rating: Low (2/5). Other Uses: The stem produces a white latex, which is tapped and used for making balls[ 398 ]. The stems are flexible and used for ropes[ 398 ].

Cultivation details

The plant produces sweetly-scented white flowers[323].

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Seed and Root suckers.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Other Names: Macava, Macera, Mbohoya, Mbooya, Mtoria, Mtowe, Muhonga, Muhonga-udide, Mutiele, Mutongazi, Mutungazi, Rava, Vibooya, Vitoja, Vitoria.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Found In: Africa, East Africa, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Southern Africa, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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