False yam tuber (Icacina oliviformis) extract has been shown to have some toxic compounds that need to be investigated to find its effect on. Common Name:False yam. Description. The Icacinaceae are a family of flowering plants, consisting of trees, shrubs, and lianas, primarily of the tropics. False yam (Icacina oliviformis syn. Icacina senegalensis) is a drought-resistant plant in West and Central Africa that produces a large tuber with.

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Although an especially hardy life form, shrubs are generally neglected in development activities. In a test in a mouse-infested ollviformis, for example, olivicormis remained untouched during several weeks. The fruit is reportedly eaten in Congo. In a sense, icacina pronounced ik-a-SEE-na is a living grocery store during normal times and an emergency relief-food supplier during hungry times.

And there should be a check of seed germination, which is a possible difficulty through the seeds having a short longevity. Nonetheless, it could be produced in far greater amounts. It is also softened into an edible paste by the addition of boiling water.

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Icacina oliviformis

If the file has been modified from its original state, some details oliviforis as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file. From that base of knowledge should arise highly productive and resilient shrubs with shapes open bottoms, for example that are best for purposes of weed control, ease of harvest, and general management.


The plant can be troublesome in savanna lands and along roadsides.

No particular pests or diseases are reported, but this is perhaps only because the plant is so little studied. Permission Reusing this file.

Icacina oliviformis – African Orphan Crops Consortium

Its fruits ripen as the dry season comes to an end, the very moment when the stores of other foods often run out. Indeed, in certain areas it might prove to be a better source of commercial starch than the yam itself.

Plants can grow so densely and yield so exuberantly that a family can sometimes collect several hundred kilos of fruits a day even from untended wild stands. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor oliviformix you or your use.

Inthough, this circumscription was found to be polyphyleticand the family was split into four families in three different orders: Are any residues left in the flour? The pieces are afterwards dried, pounded, and strained to remove fibers. Roots The tubers contain about percent starch. The five-petaled flowers are inconspicuous, usually white or cream, and pedunculate on an ascending panicle.

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Investigations should be undertaken to assess the promise and pitfalls of 7 Extracts from some species have been shown to induce sleepiness and reduce pain in rodent studies Asuzu, I.

The fruits, for instance, are widely enjoyed during the annual harvesting season. In part, this resource has also suffered because it is a shrub.

Though always the forest at least along popular, icacina can take on crucial importance during times of famine. Although untouched by agronomic oliviformsi, the plant is already widespread and depended on by millions.

African Plants

This page was last edited on 9 Marchat This book is the third in a series evaluating underexploited African plant resources that could help broaden and secure Africa’s food supply. They are a particular favorite of children. They have a thin, grayish skin.

They are eaten fresh, but are often sun dried as well. To search the entire text of this book, type in your search term here and press Enter. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The species is easy to grow and oliciformis already sometimes cultivated in gardens at least in Senegal.