African Tulip Tree is inherent to West and Central Africa and western East. It is called “Kokonisuo” in the Akan language. It is mostly found in some African countries such as Angola, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. It is Blackish brown in color, narrowly ellipsoidal woody capsule in shape, 15 to 27 cm by 3.5 to 7 cm in height. It can be used to cure rashes and inflamed skin, Lower blood sugar levels, Treat ulcers, Treat diabetes and Cure glaucoma.
Traditional Purposes Of African Tulip Tree “Kokonisuo”:
• The leaves and bark decoction is used to fix rashes and inflamed skin.
• Apply the flowers straightforwardly on wounds.
• Leaves infusion is used for urethral infections.
• Apply the new inner bark to oozing ulcers.
• The stem bark assists with lowering the degrees of glucose.
• Extracts of leaves, bark and roots is used to treat malaria and HIV.
• Bark is used to treat skin rashes.
• In Africa, the paste made from stem bark is used for healing wounds.
• In Senegal, bruised flowers and leaves are applied to wounds.
• Flowers are used for treating ulcers in Gabon.
• Leaves are used for convulsions in Ghana.
• The decoction made from bark is used for constipation, dysentery and gastrointestinal problems in Gold Coast.
• The cold infusion made from leaves is valuable for urethral inflammation.
• The decoction made from stem bark is used for treating diabetes
• It is used for kidney diseases in Ayurveda.
• The liquid from juvenile bloom bud is used to fix glaucoma in Jamaican old stories medicine.
• Bite the bark and shower over enlarged cheeks.
• Heat up the bark in water and use it for bathing recently conceived children to treat body rashes.
Other Facts Of African Tulip Includes:
• It is repeated by seeds, cuttings and root suckers.
• African Tuliptree could reach 50 to 60 feet high and 40 feet wide.
• The tree has pinnate leaves which comprise of 7 to 17 elliptical leaflets. Leaves are arranged oppositely on branches.
• It blooms orange to red flowers which are arranged in bell shaped clusters at the end of branches. The tree bears flowers having both types of reproductive organs.
• The tree blooms flowers all year round but flowers lasts for three days only. Flowers are the rich source of nectar which attracts hummingbirds and they are responsible for the pollination.
• The green pods comprise about 500 seeds. The ready pods are earthy colored.
• In Africa, seeds are used as the piece of human eating routine.
• The open pods are woody and boat shaped.
• Because of huge quantities of water accumulated inside bloom buds, African • • Tuliptree is otherwise called fountain tree.
• African Tuliptree has frail branches and shallow root foundation.
• The wood of African Tuliptree is light brown and is used for assembling of drums, paper and for carving.
• It is a lasting plant which could get by from 50 to 150 years in wild.
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