Danais verticillata is a climbing shrub with stems up to 2.5 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
The species is apparently very rare (and perhaps now extinct ?). A single collection is the only record of the plant from the 20th century[
]. It has not been classified by the IUCN.
Africa - eastern central Madagascar.
Lowland rainforest and forests of the central plateau[
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The stems and leaves are depurative and hepatic. They are used in the treatment of nephritis[
The plant (part not specified) has been used in the treatment of malaria[
The leaves of many Danais species contain high proportions of aluminium (up to 1% of the dry matter weight in Danais fragrans (Comm. Ex Lam.) Pers.), which can be used as an organic mordant[
]. Aluminium salts are a most useful substance for using in dyeing processes, where they strengthen and multiply the chemical bonds between the textile fibres and the majority of natural dyes[
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