Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii Stapf Diels. Originating from tropical Africa West, Central and southern ; occasionally cultivated e. The fruits are edible and used to sweeten food; they contain a sweet-tasting protein monellin with a sweetening power of more than times that of sugar. The fruits are stable and can be stored for weeks at room temperature without losing their sweetness. The tubers can be eaten like potatoes. In Gabon the pungent peel of the roots is used to cure wounds, the softened stem devoid of hairs is applied as a plaster on swollen limbs and the viscid sap of the stem is applied to extract abscesses and spines and as a wash against venereal diseases; the root is considered as a sexual stimulant.
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We are working on a subset of plants in the PFAF database identified as having the most potential for inclusion in such designs. We are adding search terms and icons to those plants pages, and providing a range of search options aligned to categories of plants and crop yields, with Help facilities including videos. Serendipity Berry or Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii is a perennial climbing plant about 1.
It is native to tropical Africa. It is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit and root. The small, sub-ovoid fruit is a drupe that can be consumed raw? The root, on the other hand, is small and yam-like and can be eaten like potatoes. Further, it is considered a sexual stimulant and used to cure wounds. The stem can be used on swollen limbs and as a wash against venereal diseases.
Rhopalandria cumminsii Stapf, Rhopalandria lobata C. Wright, Dioscoreophyllum jollyanum Pierre ex D. The intensely sweet, mucilaginous pulp of the fruit is considered to be the sweetest known naturally occurring substance - it is up to 3, times sweeter than sucrose[ ]. It has been recommended as a non-carbohydrate sugar substitute[ ]. The fruit can keep for several weeks at room temperature[ ]. Small and yam-like[ ]. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.
Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. The fruit contains monellin, an intensely sweet protein with potential use as a sugar replacement for diabetics. For humans, monellin is , times sweeter than sucrose on a molar basis and around 3, times on a weight basis.
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A tropical dioecious rainforest vine with tuberous underground stems. The fruit can be stored. It will keep for several weeks at room temperature. Celsius Fahrenheit:. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs.
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You can unsubscribe at anytime. Follow Us:. Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii - Stapf Diels. Range Western, central and northeastern tropical Africa. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Translate this page:. Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii is an evergreen Climber growing to 1. It is hardy to zone UK Suitable for: light sandy , medium loamy and heavy clay soils and prefers well-drained soil.
Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in full shade deep woodland or semi-shade light woodland. It prefers moist soil. Our new book Edible Shrubs is now available. Read More. Other Uses: None known: Special Uses. Shop Now. QR Code What's this? Charity No. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can.
Please view the copyright link for more information. Serendipity Berry, Guinea potato. None known. Dense rain-forest and galleried forest, often in old cultivation sites[ ]. Western, central and northeastern tropical Africa. Add a comment. Subject : Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii.
SEED GERMINATION AND ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SERENDIPITY BERRY (DIOSCOREOPHYLLUM CUMMINSII DIELS)
Dioscoreophyllum volkensii , the serendipity berry , is a tropical dioecious rainforest vine in the family Menispermaceae. It is native throughout most of tropical Africa from Sierra Leone east to Eritrea , and south to Angola and Mozambique. It grows at low altitudes, from sea level up to m. Some authors separate plants from above m as a separate species D. There are two varieties : . The fruit contains monellin , an intensely sweet protein with potential use as a sugar replacement. For humans, monellin is , times sweeter than sucrose on a molar basis and around 3, times on a weight basis.
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