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African Jointfir

(Gnetum africanum)

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Description

Gnetum africanum is traditionally a wild vine and is considered to be a wild vegetable. It is a perennial that grows approximately 10 metres long, with thick papery-like leaves growing in groups of three. The leaves may grow approximately 8 cm long, and at maturity the vine will produce small cone-like reproductive structures. The seeds of the vine resemble a fleshy fruit, sized 10-15 mm - 4-8 mm, and are red-orange in colour when fully ripe.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Gnetophyta
Class: Gnetopsida
Order:Gnetales
Family:Gnetaceae
Genus:Gnetum
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