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Useful Tropical Plants

Craspidospermum verticillatum

Bojer ex A.DC.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Cerbera obovata Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.

Common Name:

Craspidospermum verticillatum
Inflorescence
Photograph by: Fidy Ratovoson
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General Information

Craspidospermum verticillatum is an evergreen tree growing up to 25 metres tall. The bole can be 50cm in diameter. There is a white latex present in the branchlets, but not in the bark[
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The plant is highly valued locally for its timber and medicinal uses, and is often harvested from the wild. It is also often cultivated around villages.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
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Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

Africa - central and eastern Madagascar.

Habitat

Rain forests at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
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Properties

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HabitEvergreen Tree
Height18.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A tree of the moist to wet tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,800 metres.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaves and bark are antitussive, expectorant and tonic. They are often used in traditional medicine to treat pulmonary diseases[
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
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After-effects of syphilis are treated with a decoction of the aerial parts[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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565
Title
Madagascar. An Environmental Profile.
Publication
 
Author
Jenkins M.D. (Editor)
Publisher
World Conservation Monitoring Centre; Cambridge.
Year
1987
ISBN
2-88032-607-9
Description
Contains a list of the Ethnobotanical uses of Madagascar plants.
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The leaves and bark contain indole alkaloids that have shown cerebro-vascular activity[
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The leaves contain the alkaloid condylocarpine, which causes irritation in workers handling the leaves[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Andranginine has also been isolated from the plant[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

The wood is moderately heavy. It is used as timber and is highly esteemed for construction[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Propagation

Seed -
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