Lasiosiphon lampranthus (Gilg) H.Pearson
Gnidia lamprantha is a much-branched shrub or small tree; it can grow up to 3 metres tall, occasionally to 5 metres. It is usually unbranched at the base, but forms branches higher up[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its fibre.
Tropical Africa - Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania.
Grassland and bushland, often in rocky locations, at elevations from 1,050 - 2,300 metres[
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The plant contains the diterpenes gnicidin, gnididin, gniditrin, which have shown antitumour activity. However, gnicidin is also known to have inflammatory and tumour-promoting activity[
A white fibre is obtained from the bark. It is used for making cord and rope[
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