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African cherry orange /Citropsis articulata


west_african_cherry_orange2The African cherry orangeCitropsis articulata,[1] also known as the West African cherry orange or Uganda cherry orange (locally as omuboro) is a small citrus fruit about the size of atangerine. The plant is endemic to Central and Western Africa, and used primarily for eating and in African traditional herbal medicine.[2]

In Uganda, an infusion made of the ground root of the omuboro, drunk once a day for three days is considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac for men only. Science has not investigated the veracity of this belief. Conservationists in Uganda are concerned that demand for the plant threatens the survival of this species’ genetic diversity in that country.[3]


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  1. how do i site this page on my work? cant find authors name…please help its urgent

    • /: a b Swingle, W. T., rev. P. C. Reece. Chapter 3: The Botany of Citrus and its Wild Relatives. In: The Citrus Industry vol. 1. Webber, H. J. (ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. 1967.
      /: Uganda’s ‘sex tree’ under threat. BBC News 25 July 2007.
      /: Kamatenesi-Mugisha, M. and H. Oryem-Origa. (2005). Traditional herbal remedies used in the management of sexual impotence and erectile dysfunction in western Uganda. African Health Sciences 5(1), 40-49.

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