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Erythroxylaceae, Erythroxylum mannii – Gabon, Central West Africa

July 10, 2012

Here’s a photo of Erythroxylum mannii, a medium sized tree found along the savanna edge and in the Marantaceae forests of Lope reserve in Gabon. E. mannii can grow up to 30 m tall with an 80 cm diameter. This is a close relative of Erythroxylum coca, the South American shrub/small tree of ethnobotanical/Coca-Cola/cocaine fame. Click here for a previously posted article on E. coca. Here is a photo of another Erythroxylum species from Jalisco, Mexico, which I have yet to identify…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2012 10:08:36 pm

    wow..I have read your profile …so cool!!! The idea of this blog is amazing! When did you go to Gabon? I am going the during my up coming Trans-africa trip as a solo female traveler;)…Hope to get a lot of good picture;)..BUt definitely not as unique as your:))

    Sorry to have drop a link in here but don’t allow to log in:(( So weird:)) Will come by from time to time;))

    • July 11, 2012 10:08:11 am

      I go to Gabon quite frequently, was just there a few weeks ago and will most likely return next month. Remember to sort your visa out before you go. It can be tricky.

  2. December 4, 2012 10:08:28 am

    How can you adapt Erythroxylum mannii for the New Jersey environment?

    • December 6, 2012 10:08:15 am

      Hmm. That might prove very difficult and take many generations as it is a full-on tropical plant species. An easier approach would be trying to grow it in a greenhouse.

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