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Reference : HH 19

Author(s) : Hattori, S.
Title : Utilization of marantaceae plants by the Baka hunter- gatherers in South Eastern Cameroon African Study Monographs, Suppl. 33: 29-48, (May 2006)
Reference HH 19 has information about 11 plants :
Ataenidia conferta (Benth.) Milne-Redh.
Official name : Ataenidia conferta (Benth.) Milne-Redh.
Family : Marantaceae
Symptoms : H(018), H(091), H(175x), H(201)
Recipes : H(018) headache, H(137) sore, burn the root of Ataenidia conferta and pound it, add palm oil and rub it onto the temple or for sore cut with a razor on the affected part of the body
H(091) fortifying, rub juice pressed from flowers on her knee in hope of walking in the forest for a long time
H(095) the leaves give the foods a good aroma
H(175x) cosmetic. Young Baka girls decorate their forehead and face with the red juice of boboko flower
H(201) rub juice pressed from flowers onto their axe blade as "medicine” for good luck when collecting honey
H(203) material, leaves of boboko are one of the most common materials for household utensils (roof thatching, mats, pot, cooking sheet, plate…. )
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : boboko (Baka pygmy dialect)
Halopegia azurea K. Schum.
Official name : Halopegia azurea K. Schum.
Family : Marantaceae
Symptoms : H(203)
Recipes : H(203) material for fish bailing, leaf of Halopegia azurea in hand for a good catch when fish bailing.
H(203) material for fish bailing, wears a piece of the leafstalk in the pierced nose for a good catch when fish bailing
H(203) material, leaves of tolu are common materials for household
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : tolu (Baka pygmy dialect)
Haumania danckelmaniana (J. Braun & K. Schum.) Milne-Redh.
Official name : Haumania danckelmaniana (J. Braun & K. Schum.) Milne-Redh.
Family : Marantaceae
Symptoms : H(013), H(095), H(103), H(137), H(210)
Recipes : H(013) skin disease, H(103) tooth ache, root of Haumania danckelmaniana is burned and pounded, powder isapplied to skin and teeth
H(095) Seeds of the fruit (likenye) of Haumania danckelmaniana are roasted and eaten as a snack.
H(137) sore, the root of Haumania danckelmaniana is burned and pounded, + palm oil and rubs it onto a sore or cut with a razor on the affected part of the body
H(210) narcotic to add whittled skin of the kpasele to tobacco, Baka say that draw out strong taste of tobacco.
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : kpasele (Baka pygmy dialect)
Hypselodelphys scandens Louis & Mullend.
Official name : Hypselodelphys scandens Louis & Mullend.
Family : Marantaceae
Symptoms : H(178), H(203)
Recipes : H(178) heart disorder, root of Hypselodelphys scandens is burned, pounded and the water decoction of the powder is VO.
H(203) material, leaves of tolu are common materials for household (roof thatching, cushioning under the sleeping mats..;;
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : hoso (Baka pygmy dialect)
Hypselodelphys zenkeriana (K. Schum.) Milne-Redh.
Official name : Hypselodelphys zenkeriana (K. Schum.) Milne-Redh.
Family : Marantaceae
Symptoms : H(137), H(203)
Recipes : H(137) “medicine” for sore ONS of Hypselodelphys zenkeri, RNS.
H(203) material, vine of lingombe for frames for the hut, carriers…..
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : lingombe (Baka pygmy dialect)
Marantochloa congensis (K. Schum.) J. Léonard & Mullend.
Official name : Marantochloa congensis (K. Schum.) J. Léonard & Mullend.
Family : Marantaceae
Symptoms : H(018), H(203)
Recipes : H(018) headache, wear a cord of Marantochloa congensis on the forehead
H(203) material, mat, dust pan, carrying basket (f1), basket, cord….
H(203à split leaf stalks and scrape off the pith to weave small-sized utensils.
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : mbili na te (Baka pygmy dialect)
Megaphrynium macrostachyum (Benth. & Hook. f.) Milne-Redh.
Official name : Megaphrynium macrostachyum (Benth. & Hook. f.) Milne-Redh.
Family : Marantaceae
Symptoms : H(095), H(203)
Recipes : H(095) starving food, suck on a piece of red fleshy fruits such as Megaphrynium macrostachyum "ngongo", Megaphrynium trichogynium "kasa", Sarcophrynium prionogonium "ngwasa" et Sarcophrynium schweinfurthianum "mokondi" when they are starving in the forest.
H(203) Leaves of ngongo are one of the most common materials used for household utensils, similar to that of boboko (Ataenidia conferta)
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : ngongo (Baka pygmy dialect)
Megaphrynium trichogynum Koechlin
Official name : Megaphrynium trichogynum Koechlin
Family : Marantaceae
Symptoms :
Recipes : H(095) starving food, suck on a piece of red fleshy fruits such as Megaphrynium macrostachyum "ngongo", Megaphrynium trichogynium "kasa", Sarcophrynium prionogonium "ngwasa" et Sarcophrynium schweinfurthianum "mokondi" when they are starving in the forest.
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : kasa (Baka pygmy dialect)
Sarcophrynium prionogonium (K. Schum.) K. Schum.
Official name : Sarcophrynium prionogonium (K. Schum.) K. Schum.
Family : Maranthaceae
Symptoms :
Recipes : H(095),H(203) accessory for honey collecting. The root of Sarcophrynium prionogonium is burned, pounded +, palm oil and to rub onto the center of forehead and back of the hand for hope of finding and collecting plenty of wild yam
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : ngwasa na fasa (Baka pygmy dialect)
Sarcophrynium schweinfurthianum (Kuntze) Milne-Redh.
Official name : Sarcophrynium schweinfurthianum (Kuntze) Milne-Redh.
Family : Marantaceae
Symptoms :
Recipes : H(095) starving food, suck on a piece of red fleshy fruits such as Megaphrynium macrostachyum "ngongo", Megaphrynium trichogynium "kasa", Sarcophrynium prionogonium "ngwasa" et Sarcophrynium schweinfurthianum "mokondi" when they are starving in the forest.
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : mokondi (Baka pygmy dialect)
Trachyphrynium braunianum (K.Schum.) Baker
Official name : Trachyphrynium braunianum (K.Schum.) Baker
Family : Marantaceae
Symptoms : H(093)
Recipes : H(093) antidote: for sickness caused by the fish "behe". The root of Trachyphrynium braunianum is burned, pounded and added with palm oil. Temple areas, neck, back, elbows, knees and insteps are cut with a razor and the powder is rubbed on these body parts
Region : Central Africa
Country : Cameroon
Vernacular name : ndikasende (Baka pygmy dialect)