Gnidia hoepfneriana Gilg
Lasiosiphon hoepfnerianus (Vatke ex Gilg) H.Pearson
Lasiosiphon kraussianus (Meisn.) Burtt Davy
Lasiosiphon kraussii (Meisn.) Meisn.
Gnidia kraussiana is a sub-shrub, sending up annual to perennial stems up to 3 metres tall from a woody, perennial rootstock[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for medicinal use.
The whole plant is poisonous - it has been used as a fish poison and also for criminal poisoning[
Tropical Africa - Guinea to Sudan and Kenya, south to S. Africa.
Open grassland, commonly following recent burning; Brachystegia, Uapaca woodland; rocky banks; grassy savannah; open forest; top of hills; rocky, muddy, granitic, lateritic or quartz, sandy soil; at elevations of 400 - 2,140 metres[
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Succeeds in tropical and subtropical areas.
A very variable species[
The roots of this species are used as a remedy for anorexia[
The leaves and the roots are used as a drastic purgative[
The wood is sometimes used as a fuel, but only if there is nothing better available[
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