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Useful Tropical Plants

Gnidia lamprantha

Gilg

Thymelaeaceae

+ Synonyms

Lasiosiphon lampranthus (Gilg) H.Pearson

Common Name:

Gnidia lamprantha
Drawing of the leaves and flowers (Fig D - F only)
Photograph by: Engler, A., Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, vol. 3: t. 32 (1895) [T. Guerke]
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General Information

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[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its fibre.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

515
Title
Flora of Tropical Africa Vol 1 - 8
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Author
Var
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
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L.Reeve & Co.; Ashford, Kent.
Year
1868 - 1917
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Description
Very little information on habitat, range and uses, but gives good descriptions of the plants. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

Tropical Africa - Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania.

Habitat

Grassland and bushland, often in rocky locations, at elevations from 1,050 - 2,300 metres[
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

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[
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

A white fibre is obtained from the bark. It is used for making cord and rope[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Propagation

Seed -
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