Botanical Name is Newbouldia laevis

?Yoruba called it Ewe akoko
?Hausa called it Aduruku
?Igbo people called it Ogirisi

The plant has shiny dark green leaves and bears large showy terminal purple flowers. It is a familiar live-fence and boundary tree throughout its distribution. It is often grown as an ornamental and is easily cultivated.


?Fertility plant also called ‘tree of life’.

?A decoction of the leaf is taken by women to treat fertility problems.

?However, a higher dosage of the leaf decoction has a uterine contraction effect and traditional healers in Nigeria use it to facilitate labour.

?The young leaf can also be cooked with red oil drink during labour to facilitate easy delivery.

?A decoction of the leaf use as gargle in the mouth for 4-5 minutes continuously is use to treat dental caries.

?The bark is stomachic and analgesic.

?A decoction is used in the treatment of dysentery, diarrhoea, epilepsy, cough and convulsion.

?A decoction of the bark, sieve is taken inform of an enema as a treatment for piles and constipation.

?Dried powdered of the bark combined with alligator pepper (Aframomum melegueta) is sniffed inform of snuff to treat migraine and cures headache like there is no tomorrow.

?The bark applied externally is use to cure wounds, ulcers and abscesses.

?A decoction or ethanol extract of the root is used for the treatment of syphilis and intestinal problems such as worms.

?The decoction of the root is laxative and is use to treat constipation.

?The maceration of the root is effective for the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic pains.

?The powdered root combine with chili pepper (Capsicum frutescens) are put into a carious tooth to treat toothache.

?The powdered dry root combine with root of Lopharia sp are infused inform of ointment and use to massage oedema arriving through dietary deficiency.

?Decoction of the root and leaves are remedy for scrotal elephantiasis, fever and as an aphrodisiac.