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PlantFiles: Voacanga
Voacanga africana

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Voacanga
Species: africana (af-ri-KAHN-uh) (Info)

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral thetripscaptain On Jun 16, 2007, thetripscaptain from Racine, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Related to Tabernaemontana and Tabernanthe.
Seeds are difficult to germinate, and can take several months to sprout. Some sources reccomend using a sterile growing medium or even sand to sprout the seeds. Many seeds and seedlings will be lost to fungal infection. Plant is native to west Africa and needs to be kept moist and protected from frost. Can be grown indoors as a houseplant if misted daily.
All parts of the plant contain numerous indole alkaloids, some of which are of pharmaceutical interest, some can be harmful if consumed.
V. africana is held sacred by some African cultures and is consumed by them for various reasons. The seeds are ingested as a ceremonial psychedelic/hallucinogen, and the root bark is used as a stimulant during hunts, which can reportedly last for several days. V. africana also is used as a poison, and has a reputation as an aphrodisiac.

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