Gnidia danguyana is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 6 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its fibrous bark.
Africa - eastern Madagascar.
Littoral forest in open, often disturbed sunny areas, always on sandy substrates[
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A plant of the humid tropical lowlands, where it is found at elevations up to 15 metres[
Requires a sunny position. Only found on sandy soils in the wild[
]. The plant is likely to be tolerant of maritime exposure[
A fine and silky fibre is obtained from the bark. It is used to make cordage[
]. Like that of many other species in Madagascar, the bark was formerly beaten on a mallet to obtain a kind of felt used for cloth. As technology evolved, fibres were extracted by crushing the bark, after which they were combed or scutched, making them suitable for spinning and weaving[
The fibre from the bark is traditionally used to make 'papier Antaimore', a coarse paper that was commonly used locally but is now made more for tourists[
]. Papier Antaimore is a paper of excellent quality, made into articles such as stationary, envelopes, cards, notebooks, photo albums, lampshades and gift bags[
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