L'écorce de Pygeum est une herbe utilisée en phytothérapie alternative pour stimuler le désir sexuel, traiter l'hypertrophie bénigne de la prostate, guérir les maladies rénales, réduire l'inflammation et avoir de nombreux autres avantages pour la santé, dans un mortier avec un pilon. Pygeum africanum.

Pygeum africanum, Prunus africana

Synonymes :
Cerise africaine
Prunus_africana (Wikipedia)

Prunus africana
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Scientific classification edit
Subgenus:Prunus subg. Cerasus
Section:P. sect. Laurocerasus
P. africana
Binomial name
Prunus africana

Pygeum africanum Hook.f.
Pygeum crassifolium Hauman
Prunus crassifolia

Prunus africana, the African cherry, has a wide distribution in Africa, occurring in montane regions of central and southern Africa and on the islands of Bioko, São-Tomé, Grande Comore, and Madagascar. It can be found at 900–3,400 m (3,000–10,000 ft) above sea level. It is a canopy tree 30–40 m in height, and is the tallest member of Prunus. Large-diameter trees have impressive, spreading crowns. It requires a moist climate, 900–3,400 mm (35–130 in) annual rainfall, and is moderately frost-tolerant. P. africana appears to be a light-demanding, secondary-forest species.

The bark is black to brown, corrugated or fissured, and scaly, fissuring in a characteristic rectangular pattern. The leaves are alternate, simple, 8–20 cm (3.1–7.9 in) long, elliptical, bluntly or acutely pointed, glabrous, and dark green above, pale green below, with mildly serrated margins. A central vein is depressed on top, prominent on the bottom. The 2 cm (0.8 in) petiole is pink or red. The flowers are androgynous, 10-20 stamens, insect-pollinated, 3–8 cm (1–3 in), greenish white or buff, and are distributed in 70 mm (2.8 in) axillary racemes. The plant flowers October through May. The fruit is a drupe, red to brown, 7–13 mm (0.3–0.5 in), wider than long, two-lobed, with a seed in each lobe. It grows in bunches ripening September through November, several months after pollination.

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