Gnetum africanum is an evergreen Climber growing to 12 m (39ft) by m (1ft 4in) at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) The plant is not self-fertile. Suitable . PDF | Gnetum africanum is a forest liana that grows abundantly in Central Africa, South America, and tropical and subtropical Asia. Its leaves. J Med Food. Nov;14(11) doi: /jmf Epub Aug Gnetum africanum: a wild food plant from the African forest with many.

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They are usually cooked with meat or fish and occasionally consumed as a salad.

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It faricanum also be used as a rope or made into traps and nooses for catching game due to its durability and flexibility. Gnetum Domestication for Livelihood Improvement and Conservation.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Stems collected from the forest are brought to collecting points from where they are either sold in the local market or exported. Gnehum methods of harvest from wild stands are very destructive[ ].


The current method of getum, especially for export trade, is to pull the stems or branches from trees. For Gnetum buchholzianum there is no need to harvest only female plants. Healthy leaves with a thick wax-like texture are preferred in markets and will receive the highest value; Gnetum gnethm remains untaxed in local markets. The narrowly oval leaves are papery-like and in groups of three and the branches are thickened at the nodes.


Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. Overexploitation is partly caused by unsustainable forest clearing practices throughout regions in Africa. The orthotropic atricanum have small, scale-like leaves and rapidly grow vertically, reaching the main branches of a tree where they produce plagiotropic stems with fully developed leaves. It has also been noted that the vine does not grow particularly well in very moist conditions such as marshes and swamps.


However, the africamum trials might show that Gnetum buchholzianum is more difficult to cultivate than Gnetum africanum because the former probably requires more shade than the latter.

The shade tolerant vine does not grow well in direct sunlight and can be found climbing on middle and under-story trees. It can grow in semi-shade light woodland or no shade.

Gnetum africanum Gnetum africanumfrom the coastal rainforest of Cameroon. Once the new methods of propagation and cultivation have been adopted, there will be scope for development of eru as a new crop, for which there is already a high demand and for which an attractive price could be paid.

After about 6 weeks the rooted cuttings are transferred to polythene sleeves, bamboo pots or other containers where they remain for a further 2 – 3 months.

Cookies help us deliver our services. This gives a feeling of firmness during preparation, hence certain consumers consider the leaves as a substitute for meat[ ]. The stem is cut up into small pieces and infused to produce a tisane that is taken to ease childbirth and reduce the pain[ ]. It is used as a rope[ ], made into traps and nooses for afrlcanum game, and into straps for porterage[ ].

However, it has been noted that the vine grows best in well-shaded areas similar to that of a forest, as too much sunlight can burn the vine and produce substandard leaves for selling purposes.


Another major marketing wfricanum is the Koilo Africxnum in Congo. Field planting, preferably next to a young tree or shrub, takes place at the beginning of the rainy season.

Preliminary observations indicate that 3 – 4 harvests per year are possible, still allowing for substantial regrowth.

The plant tolerates a range of habitats and environmental conditions[ ]. We are currently updating this section.

Primarily, Gnetum africanum leaves are used as a vegetable for soups and stews, commonly called eru soup or afang soup. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a gnetuj will be included. It is assumed that seeds need pre-treatment, such as passing through the intestines of a bird, fruit bat, squirrel or other animal, before they germinate[ ].

Shredded leaves can be dried and preserved for later use[ ]. The stem can help to ease childbirth. Copy and print the QR code to a plant label, poster, book, website, magazines, newspaper etc and even t-shirts. You will receive a range of benefits including: Gnetum africanum Plant List: Selection takes place gnetun size and texture of the leaves, and is mainly determined by species. More frequent harvesting will result afriicanum thin leaves that are considered inferior.

Fences were only found to be successful when there is enough shade, and they are generally too expensive.

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