Cerbera obovata Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.
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[
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.
Africa - central and eastern Madagascar.
Rain forests at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
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A tree of the moist to wet tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,800 metres.
The leaves and bark are antitussive, expectorant and tonic. They are often used in traditional medicine to treat pulmonary diseases[
After-effects of syphilis are treated with a decoction of the aerial parts[
The leaves and bark contain indole alkaloids that have shown cerebro-vascular activity[
The leaves contain the alkaloid condylocarpine, which causes irritation in workers handling the leaves[
Andranginine has also been isolated from the plant[
The wood is moderately heavy. It is used as timber and is highly esteemed for construction[
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