Voacanga africana is a tropical tree, native to West Africa, that grows up to 30 feet tall with glossy foliage. Its flowers are white or yellow. The numerous dark brown seeds of the fruit are embedded in the pulp.
West African shamans are said to ingest the rootbark of Voacanga africana as a cerebral stimulant and the seeds for visionary purposes.
Voacanga africana is closely related to the Tabernanthe genus, from which comes Tabernanthe iboga, the 'peyote' of West Africa.
Reported to contain voacangine (carbomethoxy-ibogaine), ibogamin, plus many other unidentified alkaloids in the root & trunk bark, leaves and seeds. The total alkaloid fraction is said to be slightly toxic, acting as CNS depressants & hypotensives.
The latex is used as a rubber adulterant. This plant is used by the Diola of Africa against infectious diseases. It has also been reported to have been used to treat mental disorders and as an analgesic.
Seeds may take a few months to germinate. Keep them moist and warm.
There are no parts of Voacanga africana that are scheduled in the U.S. It is legal to both grow and possess.
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