The bark of Scorodophloeus Zenkeri, Harms (family Legu-minosae) is used as a spice by the natives of Kamerun. Its odor is very strong, persistent and, in the long run, unbearable. It reminds one of that of Marasmius alliatus (Schaff.), Schrot. (Ger. Knoblauchpilz).
From a small sample of the bark, C. Hartwich3) obtained 0,0107 p.c. of volatile oil by adding salt to the aqueous distillate and shaking out with ether. The oil was brownish in color and had a very disagreeable odor. After standing a short time the oil congealed to small crystalline needles in which the presence of sulphur was detected but not that of nitrogen.