This is the season (May 2015) for my African Tulip Tree
Spathodea campanulata. Another common name for them is Fountain Tree because the buds squirt water when squeezed.
It has medicinal qualities. The bark and leaves are widely used in Traditional Medicine in Ghana.
The bark is used in wound healing and especially burn healing. The bark and leaves shows a wide spectrum of antibacterial activity including anti-malarial activity.
Aqueous alcoholic decoctions of the leaves shows promise to be used for the treatment of malaria.
The stem bark decoction has shown hypoglycemic activity in mice. Ethanol leaf extracts show anticonvulsant activity.
Photograph by Heather Trolley
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