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Common name

German: Afrikanischer Upasbaum

Mandarin: 见血封喉 (jian xue feng hou)


Kingdom: Plantae (2629)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2532)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2141)

      Order: Rosales (118)

        Family: Moraceae (29)(family description)

          Genus: Antiaris (1)

            Epithet: toxicaria Engl. (1)

              Subspecies: africana Scott Elliott ex A.Chev.

Synonyms: Antiaris africana Engl., Antiaris innoxia Blume, Antiaris kerstingii Engl.

africana => of African origin

innoxia => without prickles, harmless

kerstingii => in honor of Otto Hermann Kersting (1863-1937), physician and plant collector from Riga, Latvia who made a number of expeditions to German territories in West Africa and New Guinea

toxicaria => poisonous


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: tree

Flower colour: green, beige

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