Uutazi is a climbing shrub with broad, heart-shaped leaves that has a characteristic sharp, bitter, and slightly sweet taste, especially when eaten fresh. The stems have soft/hairy that yield milky latex or exudates.
It belongs to the family of plants known as Asclepiadaceae and it is widespread in the tropical rainforest of West African countries, such as Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Senegal, etc.
In southern Nigeria, where it is commonly grown, the Igbos call it the plant Utazi, the Yoruba know it as Arokeke, and the Efik and Ibibio call it Utasi. Parts used Fruits, seeds, leave, roots and bark. 25g