Scientific name: Voacanga Africana
Common name: Voacanga
Local names: Bedaa (Asante), bonawa (akyem), fruma (kwahu), obrafoa, mpentemaba (fanti) atweadae (dormaa), fakapenpen (sefwi) bakye-bakye (enchil), freketema ( ahanta) kreketema (wassa), tsikogoe (hohoe), foba (nzema)
Description: it is a small tropical tree that grows to 6m in height with wild glossy flowers, with scent of mushroom during flowering.
Habitat: it is a deciduous tree found in forest and high savannah areas.
Part used: seed, root bark (radix) and bark
Uses (folklore): stem bark and seeds of the tree are used as a poison, stimulant, aphrodisiac and ceremonial psychedelic. Leaves used in treating burns.
Active ingredients: iboga alkaloids such as voacangine, voacamine, vobtussne, amataine, akuammidine, tabersonine, coronaridine, others are ibogaine, oboxygaine and iboluteine.
Orthodox uses: manages Alzheimer’s disesase (enhance memory), suppresses drug addiction; used as hypotensives. (the presence of vobtussive is active in the treatment of cardiac problems.