Maerua angolensis DC. [family CAPPARACEAE]. Herbarium. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (K). Collection. Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa. Resource Type. Maerua angolensis is widely distributed in continental tropical Africa but is absent in some countries with a high rainfall. It is also present in the. Abubakar, M.S., Musa, A.M., Ahmed, A. & Hussaini, I.M., The perception and practice of traditional medicine in the treatment of cancers and inflammations .

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Flowering starts when the plant is at least 3 years old. The distinctive torulose fruit is a silique and resembles a string angolsnsis beads some mm in length. In Sudan a decoction prepared from the stem bark is given twice a day to treat malaria.

An appreciable number of current antiepileptic agents modulate receptor or enhance the response of this receptor to the gamma amino butyric acid GABA. In Tanzania root and stem bark are used as an aphrodisiac, to cure diarrhoea and epilepsy. In Vivo Antioxidant Assay 2. Seed is sown in flat trays filled with river sand and covered with anglensis thin layer of sand or compost.

Maerua angolensis – Wikipedia

Despite their unpleasant, bitter taste, the leaves are used by African rural tribes during famine periods as a food supplement, and also used as a purgative.

The wood is usually small-sized and used for mortars, tool handles, small furniture and posts. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate whether Maerua angolensis DC. Cookies help us deliver our services. Leaf surfaces are often noticeably scratched by anggolensis rubbing against the bristles of surrounding leaves.


Young Maerua angolensis plants grow fast with an annual growth rate of up to 80 cm that diminishes with age to c.

Additionally, dysfunctional nitric oxide NO pathways have also been implicated in the pathophysiology and progression of experimentally induced epilepsy [ 2 ].

The present study demonstrates that the lipophilic fraction of the stem bark extract significantly reduces pentylenetetrazole-induced seizure outcomes due to interaction with the receptor and nitricoxidergic system. The roots and stem bark decoction of the stem bark of Maerua angolensis DC. The method of Blois [ 12 ] with modification was used for the determination of scavenging activity of DPPH free radical.

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Maerua angolensis

Chemicals and Drugs Sildenafil was obtained from Pfizer Inc. We assessed the possible involvement of angolenxis modulation in its antiseizure effects. The brain is particularly vulnerable to oxidative stress.

To eliminate this non-MDA interference, another set of samples was treated in the same way, but incubating without TBA, anoglensis as to subtract the absorbance of the non-MDA interference from the test and standards absorbance.

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Maerua angolensis – Useful Tropical Plants

Although Maerua angolensis is widely distributed it is nowhere a common species and individual trees occur scattered. The fragrant, pincushion-like flowers are without petals and are produced in abundance at the beginning of the rainy season. Email this to a friend Print Share on facebook Tweet this. Sildenafil was obtained from Pfizer Inc. To identify the potential antioxidant benefit, the extract might have on the prognosis angoolensis the PTZ-induced seizure in the rat model an assessment of in vitro protection against free radicals and an in vivo assessment of the oxidative state and markers after PTZ-induced seizures were assessed.


Further pharmacological evaluations of the stem bark of Maerua angolensis are required to identify and isolate the active antimalarial and hypoglycemic principles in the plant as well as elucidating their mechanisms of action. Indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded. Leaves are soft and drooping, with petioles equal to the leaves in length, and visibly thicker or inspissate at their extremities.

Colotis vesta mutans Food anoglensis. In most areas farmers do not plant it on purpose but spare it when they find a wildling in their fields.

Maerua angolensis is widely spread in savannahs with a preference for sandy soils, from sea level up to m altitude. Its antiepileptic and antischizophrenic effects are chief among the traditional use claims in Ghana. Decoctions of the leaves are given to children suffering amoebic dysentery or jaundiceangilensis to treat rheumatism, stomach-ache, epilepsy and diarrhoea, while decoctions of the bark are used to treat malaria and as an aphrodisiac.

Maerua angolensis is very variable in its pubescence.