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Useful Tropical Plants

Cryptostegia madagascariensis

Bojer ex Decne.

Apocynaceae


Closely related to, and sometimes confused with, Cryptostegia grandiflora[
457
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 62
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains the Asclepiadaceae section of the Flora of Panama.
].

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Madagascar Rubbervine

Cryptostegia madagascariensis
Seed capsule open, showing the light seeds and their floss
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General Information

Madagascar rubbervine is an evergreen, climbing shrub.
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of rubber and fibre. It is widely grown as an ornamental.

Known Hazards

The copious latex is reported to cause varying degrees of skin irritation[
457
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 62
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains the Asclepiadaceae section of the Flora of Panama.
].

Botanical References

457
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden Vol. 62
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden
Year
1975
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent botanical publication, available for download from the Internet. This volume contains the Asclepiadaceae section of the Flora of Panama.

Range

Africa - Madagascar.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The bark is used for making rum[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A latex obtained from the plant contains 7 - 10% rubber[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is of slight commercial value[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
]. The yield of rubber is small, and the product is of inferior quality, being usually soft and deficient in elasticity[
458
Title
Rubber. Its Sources, Cultivation and Preparation.
Publication
 
Author
Brown H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
John Murray; London.
Year
1914
ISBN
 
Description
Written in the days before synthetic rubbers and the loss of interest in finding new rubber sources. A good amount of information on latex-producing plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

A fibre obtained from the plant is used for making nets[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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