Alchornea Floribunda (Iporuru,
Iporoni, Macochihua, Niando)
Alchornea floribunda (Iporuru, Iporoni, Macochihua,
Alchornea floribunda (Iporuru, Nando) is used
in Gabonese religions where the root has a reputation
as an intoxicant and aphrodisiac. Niando is said to
provide a state of intense excitement followed by a
deep, sometimes fatal depression.
The locals report that they learned to use
the Iporuru root after observing gorillas. It has now
been shown that gorillas in Equatorial Guinea and chimpanzees
in the Republic of Guinea use the Alchornea floribunda
root as an intoxicant.
Indigenous Amazonian peoples and Venezuelan's
use the Iporuru roots for everything from treating arthritis
to an aphrodisiac to an added ingredient for making