Mondia whitei (Hook. F.) Skeels (Apocynaceae) also called Whites's ginger, & popularly known in central Uganda as Mulondo is a medicinal plant found in the tropics from West Africa to eastern and southern Africa. It’s a vigorous climber (3-6 m high) with attractive heart-shape leaves and a vanilla aroma. The fleshy bark of the narrow roots is eaten raw or occasionally in the dried state for its good taste, as an appetizer, to freshen the mouth or for pleasure leaving a persistent spicy taste in the mouth; a source of vitamin A, D, K and E, the minerals, magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium and protein. There is also enough scientific evidence supporting its use as an aphrodisiac and in the management of impotence problems. The evidence indicate that it is able to increase libido by stimulating testosterone production, increase potency by being able to relax the corpus cavernosum muscle thus aiding erection and by improving sperm total motility and progressive motility.
However, there is available information that this plant has become rare and endangered in the wild throughout its distribution range and is now of conservation value. A taxon is endangered when evidence indicates that it has a very high risk of extinction in the wild. The main threat to the species is overexploitation by local communities for subsistence and commercial purposes.
You and I can therefore help. Together we can promote its cultivation in order to satisfy the subsistence & commercial demand.