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Reference : HC 21

Author(s) : Chevalier, A.
Title : Les plantes magiques cultivées par les noirs d'Afrique et leur origine. Plus personal communications Father André Walker to the author. Rev. Bot. Appl., Agric. Trop., 27, p. 93 - 105, (1937)
Reference HC 21 has information about 55 plants :
Acokanthera schimperi (A.DC.) Schweinf.
Official name : Acokanthera schimperi (A.DC.) Schweinf.
Family : Apocynaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092) latex of Acokanthera schimperi used for weapons (arrows, spears)
Region : West Africa
Country : Subsaharan Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Aframomum melegueta (Roscoe) K.Schum.
Official name : Aframomum melegueta (Roscoe) K.Schum.
Family : Zingiberaceae
Symptoms : H(108)
Recipes : H(108) cold, rhizomes of Aframomum melegueta, RNS.
Region : Equatorial french Africa
Country : Equatorial french Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Brillantaisia patula T. Anderson
Official name : Brillantaisia patula T. Anderson
Family : Acanthaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201), Brillantaisia patula, fetish plant
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam.) Kurz
Official name : Bryophyllum pinnatum (Lam.) Kurz
Family : Crassulaceae
Synonyms : Kalanchoe pinnata (Lam.) Pers.
Symptoms : H(004), H(201)
Recipes : H(004), Bryophyllum pinnatum, ONS to heal the wounds
H(201) plant with magical properties
This species was imported from Madagascar
Region : Tropical Africa
Country : Tropical Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Buchholzia coriacea Engl.
Official name : Buchholzia coriacea Engl.
Family : Capparaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201), , fetish fishing with spear
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the authors
Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T.Aiton
Official name : Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T.Aiton
Family : Apocynaceae
Synonyms : Asclepias procera Aiton
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092) latex of Calotropis procera used for weapons (arrows, spears)
Region : West Africa
Country : Subsaharan Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Canna indica L.
Official name : Canna indica L.
Family : Cannaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), ordeal, Canna indica fetish test for women
Region : Subsaharan Africa
Country : Subsaharan Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Caralluma dalzielii N.E. Br.
Official name : Caralluma dalzielii N.E. Br.
Family : Asclepiadaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201), Caralluma dalzielii used as fetish plant
Region : West Africa
Country : Subsaharan Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.
Official name : Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.
Family : Bombacaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) Ceiba thonningii is planted on the grave of fetish Stilo and the front of houses and tombs of twins.
Region : West Africa, Central Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.
Official name : Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn.
Family : Bombacaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) Ceiba thonningii = sacred tree , pawashed tree
Region : West Africa, Central Africa
Country : (A.O.F - A.E.F) Sudanese Zone
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Chlorophytum laxum R.Br.
Official name : Chlorophytum laxum R.Br.
Family : Anthericaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H (201) Chlorophytum laxum, plant talisman to be well seen people with whom we deal"
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Cissus quadrangularis L.
Official name : Cissus quadrangularis L.
Family : Vitaceae
Synonyms : Vitis quadrangularis (L.) Wall. ex Wight & Arn.
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201), ONS of Cissus quadrangularis, RNS
This species was imported from Malaysia and India
Region : Tropical Africa
Country : Arid tropical Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Coleus dazo A.Chev.
Official name : Coleus dazo A.Chev.
Family : Lamiaceae
Symptoms : H(068), H(095)
Recipes : H(068) decoction of leaves of Coleus dazo used as taenifuge.
H(095), tubers, VO.
Region : Central Africa
Country : Oubangui (Central African Republic)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Cymbopogon densiflorus (Steud.) Stapf
Official name : Cymbopogon densiflorus (Steud.) Stapf
Family : Poaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201), Cymbopogon densiflorus fetish plant, panicles give burned fragrant smoke for ritual ceremonies.
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Cyperus articulatus L.
Official name : Cyperus articulatus L.
Family : Cyperaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) rituals, ceremonies offered to the manes of ancestors, smoke panicles of Cyperus articulatus
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Dasystachys aurea (Engl.) Baker
Official name : Dasystachys aurea (Engl.) Baker
Family : Anthericaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H (201), fetish Dasystachys aurea plant to prevent cassava getting sick.
Region : West Africa
Country : Bangui (Central African Republic)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Dasystachys decorata Baker
Official name : Dasystachys decorata Baker
Family : Anthericaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201), Dasystachys decorata planted in villages as a fetish in Belgian Congo
Region : West Africa
Country : Belgian Congo
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Dioscorea macroura Harms
Official name : Dioscorea macroura Harms
Family : Dioscoreaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H (092), small purple bulbils of Dioscorea macroura very toxiques.parfois used by sorcerers for criminal poisoning
Region : Central Africa
Country : Oubangui.(Central African Republic)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Dioscorea macroura Harms
Official name : Dioscorea macroura Harms
Family : Dioscoreaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), bulbils of Dioscorea macroura, poison weapons
Region : West Africa
Country : Equatorial Africa (Gabon, Congo Republic, Tchad, Central African Republic)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Dioscorea sansibarensis Pax
Official name : Dioscorea sansibarensis Pax
Family : Dioscoreaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), bulblets are planted very poisonous to the wizards for criminal poisoning
Region : West Africa
Country : East Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Dioscorea violacea Baudon
Official name : Dioscorea violacea Baudon
Family : Dioscoreaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201), Dioscorea purple foliage grown as a fetish plant
Region : Central Africa
Country : Upper- Oubangui.(Central African Republic)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Dracaena arborea (Willd.) Link
Official name : Dracaena arborea (Willd.) Link
Family : Dracaenaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) Dracaena arborea, fetish plant grown near homes and around graves
Region : Central Africa
Country : Central African Republic
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Elaeophorbia drupifera (Thonn.) Stapf
Official name : Elaeophorbia drupifera (Thonn.) Stapf
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), ordeal, few drops of roots of Elaeophorbia drupifera for ceremonies test are droped in the eye of the accused.
Region : West Africa
Country : West Africa.
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Entada gigas Fawc. & Rendle
Official name : Entada gigas Fawc. & Rendle
Family : Fabaceae
Synonyms : Entada scandens (L.) Benth
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H (201), Entada scandens fetish plant at the entrance of villages to ward off evil spirits.
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Erythrophleum guineense G. Don
Official name : Erythrophleum guineense G. Don
Family : Fabaceae
Synonyms : Erythrophleum suaveolens (Guill. & Perr.) Brenan
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), ordeal, redwood of Erythrophleum guineense, RNS
Region : Subsaharan Africa
Country : Subsaharan Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Euphorbia hermentiana Lem.
Official name : Euphorbia hermentiana Lem.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), ordeal, few drops of roots of Euphorbia hermentiana for ceremonies test are droped in the eye of the accused.
Region : West Africa
Country : West Africa.
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Euphorbia kamerunica Pax
Official name : Euphorbia kamerunica Pax
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Synonyms : Euphorbia barteri N.E.Br.
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), ordeal, latex of Euphorbia kamerunica in the eye of the accused
Region : Central AfricaAfrica
Country : Gabon, Central African Republic, Oubangi (A.O.F - A.E.F)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Ficus thonningii Blume
Official name : Ficus thonningii Blume
Family : Moraceae
Synonyms : Ficus iteophylla Miq. , Ficus burkei (Miq.) Miq.
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) Ficus thonningii , fetish tree
Region : Central Africa
Country : Central African Republic
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Irvingia gabonensis (Aubry-LeComte ex O'Rorke) Baill.
Official name : Irvingia gabonensis (Aubry-LeComte ex O'Rorke) Baill.
Family : Irvingiaceae
Symptoms : H(006)
Recipes : H(006) constipation, leaves of Solanum macrocarpon cooked with the bread Dika [Irvingia gabonensis Bn.)
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the authors
Jatropha gossypiifolia L.
Official name : Jatropha gossypiifolia L.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201), Jatropha gossypiifolia plant that repels lightning
Region : West Africa
Country : Niger
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Lannea zenkeri Engl. & K.Krause
Official name : Lannea zenkeri Engl. & K.Krause
Family : Anacardiaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H (201), Lannea zenkeri fetish plant in villages and devoted to the fetish Ntsilo
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Lonchocarpus laxiflorus Guill. & Perr.
Official name : Lonchocarpus laxiflorus Guill. & Perr.
Family : Fabaceae
Synonyms : Lonchocarpus philenoptera Benth.
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H (201), Lonchocarpus laxiflorus planted in villages as a fetish that preserves
Region : Occidental french Africa
Country : Occidental french Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Millettia versicolor Welw. ex Bak.
Official name : Millettia versicolor Welw. ex Bak.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201), Millettia versicolor planted in villages as a fetish that preserves
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Mundulea sericea (Willd.) A. Chev.
Official name : Mundulea sericea (Willd.) A. Chev.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), fishing poison (peoples of Somonos of the Niger Valley), leaves and pods crushed and thrown into H2O (This species was probably imported from Madagascar)
Region : West Africa
Country : Niger, Angola
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Mundulea sericea (Willd.) A. Chev.
Official name : Mundulea sericea (Willd.) A. Chev.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092) poison fishing of Somonos people, crushed leaves and pods of Mundulea sericea
Region : West Africa
Country : Niger Valley
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Musa chevalieri Gagnep.
Official name : Musa chevalieri Gagnep.
Family : Musaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) inedible fruit of Musa chevalieri are sometimes planted in villages like fetishes plants.
Region : West Africa
Country : Equatorial Africa (Gabon, Congo Republic, Tchad, Central African Republic)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Musa religiosa Dybosky
Official name : Musa religiosa Dybosky
Family : Musaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) inedible fruit of Musa religiosa are sometimes planted in villages like fetishes plants.
Region : West Africa
Country : Equatorial Africa (Gabon, Congo Republic, Tchad, Central African Republic)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Ocimum americanum L.
Official name : Ocimum americanum L.
Family : Lamiaceae
Symptoms : H(091)
Recipes : H(091), tonic and calming infusions, ONS of Ocimum americanum
Region : Subsaharan Africa
Country : Subsaharan Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Ocimum viride Willd.
Official name : Ocimum viride Willd.
Family : Lamiaceae
Symptoms : H(091)
Recipes : H(091), tonic and calming infusions, ONS of Ocimum viride
Region : Subsaharan Africa
Country : Subsaharan Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Periploca wildemanii A.Chev.
Official name : Periploca wildemanii A.Chev.
Family : Apocynaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092) latex of Periploca wildemanii ,weapons poison, RNS.
Region : West Africa
Country : Equatorial Africa (Gabon, Congo Republic, Tchad, Central African Republic)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Piper umbellatum L.
Official name : Piper umbellatum L.
Family : Piperaceae
Synonyms : Piper subpeltatum Willd.
Symptoms : H(095), H(201)
Recipes : H(095), leaves of Piper umbellatum
H(201), leaves using for ritual
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Plumbago zeylanica L.
Official name : Plumbago zeylanica L.
Family : Plumbaginaceae
Symptoms : H(004), H(006)
Recipes : H(004), application of the juice of Plumbago zeylanicaon the wounds of tattoo to accentuate the relief
H(006), ONS, RNS
Region : East Africa
Country : Sudan
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Ricinus communis L.
Official name : Ricinus communis L.
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201), Ricinus communis is planted to ward off lightning
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Sansevieria fasciata Cornu ex Gérôme & Labroy
Official name : Sansevieria fasciata Cornu ex Gérôme & Labroy
Family : Dracaenaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H (201) planted on the graves of dead Bacongos during the construction of the Belgian railways.
Region : West Africa
Country : Congo (Democratic republic), Toumbo (Belgian Congo)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Sansevieria longiflora Sims
Official name : Sansevieria longiflora Sims
Family : Dracaenaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) Sansevieria longiflora, fetish plant in the villages
Region : Central Africa
Country : Bangui and Kouti. (Central African Republic)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Scilla picta A.Chev. ex Hutch.
Official name : Scilla picta A.Chev. ex Hutch.
Family : Hyacinthaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) Scilla picta, fetish plant in the villages
Region : West Africa
Country : French Sudan (now Mali)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Scilla socialis A.Chev.
Official name : Scilla socialis A.Chev.
Family : Hyacinthaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) Scilla socialis grown by Ndouka and in Kabas as fetish plant
Region : Central Africa
Country : Upper Chari (Central African Republic)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Solanum macrocarpon L.
Official name : Solanum macrocarpon L.
Family : Solanaceae
Symptoms : H(006), H(095)
Recipes : H(006) constipation, leaves of Solanum macrocarpon cooked with the bread Dika (Irvingea gabonensis)
H(095) food plant
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Stapelia decaisneana (Lem.) A.Chev.
Official name : Stapelia decaisneana (Lem.) A.Chev.
Family : Apocynaceae
Symptoms : H(201)
Recipes : H(201) Stapelia decaisneana, fetish plant
Region : West Africa
Country : West Africa.
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Strophanthus hirsutus H.E.Hess
Official name : Strophanthus hirsutus H.E.Hess
Family : Apocynaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H (092) among the Bobos (Upper Volta) Strophanthus hirsutus were cultivated (+ / -1880) for arrows poison
Region : West Africa
Country : Upper Volta (Burkina Faso)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Strychnos icaja Baill.
Official name : Strychnos icaja Baill.
Family : Strychnaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H (092), roots of Strychnos ICAJE, poison weapons, RNS
Region : West Africa
Country : Upper Volta (Burkina Faso)
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Strychnos icaja Baill.
Official name : Strychnos icaja Baill.
Family : Strychnaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), ordeal, few drops of roots of Strychnos icaja for ceremonies test are droped in the eye of the accused.
Region : West Africa
Country : Gabon
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Tephrosia densiflora Hook.f.
Official name : Tephrosia densiflora Hook.f.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), fishing poison, ONS., RNS.
Region : West Africa
Country : French West Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Tephrosia vogelii Hook. f.
Official name : Tephrosia vogelii Hook. f.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : H(092)
Recipes : H(092), fishing poison, ONS., of Tephrosia vogelii RNS.
Region : West Africa
Country : French West Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author
Tephrosia vogelii Hook. f.
Official name : Tephrosia vogelii Hook. f.
Family : Fabaceae
Symptoms : V(092)
Recipes : V(092), fishing poison, ONS. of Tephrosia vogelii RNS.
Region : West Africa
Country : French West Africa
Vernacular name : not communicated by the author