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Pausinystalia yohimbe

yohimbe

plant overview
west african evergreen

Yohimbe is a small evergreen tree in the Rubiaceae family, which includes coffee, madder and bedstraw. The yohimbe tree is native to western Africa, where the indigenous people have used the bark for centuries as a smoking material and to make liquid extracts and tonics. Yohimbe bark contains an alkaloid called yohimbine. This substance is the precursor to yohimbine hydrochloride, a prescription medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction sold in the U.S. under several brand names, including Yocon, Testomar and Erex.

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Yohimbe bark
01.
A Bit of Botany
considerations for growing and harvesting yohimbe

description
Pausinystalia yohimbe is an evergreen of the Rubiaceae family which can grow to a height of almost one hundred feet. Its appearance has a slight similarities to the oak tree. It has oval-shaped attenuated leaves with bushy inflorescences that produce winged seeds.

The plant leaves with petiole up to 5 mm long, glabrous, and the leaf shape is obovate, cuneate or rounded. Inflorescence is terminal or axillary, 10-21(-10) cm long and 9-15 cm wide; stipules at the base are persistent. Flowers (4-)5-merous. The outside of the calyx is densely hairy, and inside has many long hairs. The winged seeds are about 1.8-2.5 mm, and are dispersed by the wind.

The bark can be light brown or gray-brown and is about a third of an inch thick. It has horizontal and vertical fissures and is often overgrown with lichens. The tree's bark is harvested.

common names & nomenclature
The name yohimbe is thought to have been borrowed from a Bantu language of southern Cameroon.

Also known as:
yohimbe, johimbe, corynanthe yohimbe, liebesbaum, pau de cabinda, yohambine

02.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting yohimbe

climate
The yohimbe plant grows in warm, humid, tropical jungle climates and prefers partial shade.

soil
This plant will grows its deep root system in hard and dry soil.

growing
Although seed and seedlings of the yohimbe plant need light for their development, they cannot survive in full sun and will rapidly desiccate and die if over exposed. Older stems (>3 m high or 5 cm dbh), however, are capable of growing and reproducing in high light situations.

Sow seeds until large enough to transplant into individual pots. Plant out in the garden the next spring or summer.

harvesting
Harvesting is only done on mature trees, and only a part of the bark is harvested in order to allow the tree to continue its growth. Once harvested, the bark is dried in the shade for a few days.

preserving
Dried yohimbe bark, cut pieces and dried yohimbe bark, powder should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

03.
Where in the World
habitat and range for yohimbe

Pausinystalia yohimbe is native to Africa—specifically western Africa such as Cameroon and Nigeria as well as the Congo.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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