Dais madagascariensis Lam.
Gnidia madagascariensis (Lam.) Gilg
Lasiosiphon baronii Baker
Lasiosiphon carinatus (Leandri) Leandri
Lasiosiphon dumetorum Leandri
Lasiosiphon hildebrandtii Scott-Elliot
Lasiosiphon madagascariensis (Lam.) Decne.
Lasiosiphon multifolius (Leandri) Leandri
Lasiosiphon pubescens (Lam.) Decne.
Lasiosiphon rostratus Meisn.
Lasiosiphon saxatilis Scott-Elliot
Lasiosiphon suffrutescens Leandri
Lasiosiphon waterlotii Leandri
Gnidia daphnifolia is a shrub or a tree growing up to 6 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its fibre.
Africa - Madagascar at elevations from sea level to around 1,400 metres[
Degraded, open savannahs; mainly on sandy or lateritic soilsbut also sometimes on rocky slopes of granite, gneiss, limestone and possibly marble[
]. Sandy and rocky locations[
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The plant flowers and produces fruit all year round[
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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