If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating.
Useful Tropical Plants

Kanahia laniflora

(Forssk.) R.Br.

Apocynaceae

+ Synonyms

Asclepias coarctata S.Moore

Asclepias fluviatilis A.Chev.

Asclepias glaberrima (Oliv.) Schltr.

Asclepias laniflora Delile

Asclepias laniflora Forssk.

Asclepias rivalis S.Moore

Canahia laniflora (Forssk.) Steud.

Gomphocarpus glaberrimus Oliv.

Kanahia consimilis N.E.Br.

Kanahia delilei Kotschy ex Decne.

Kanahia forskalii Decne.

Kanahia glaberrima (Oliv.) N.E.Br.

Kanahia kaunah Schult.

Kanahia laniflora Delile

Kanahia monroi S. Moore

Common Name:

Kanahia laniflora
Flowering plant, surrounded by water in the wet season
Photograph by: Stefan Porembski; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Stefan Porembski
Kanahia laniflora Kanahia laniflora Kanahia laniflora Kanahia laniflora Kanahia laniflora

General Information

Kanahia laniflora is an erect, multi-stemmed, glabrous shrub that can grow up to 2.5 metres tall. Latex is present in all parts[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of material for stuffing pillows etc.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Cote D'Ivoire to Cameroon; Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, S. Africa; Yemen, Saudi Arabia.

Habitat

In sand or among rocks along (seasonal) streams or lakes in dry areas, at elevations from sea-level up to 1,800 metres[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. It is considered a rheophyte[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The plant often inhabits areas of seasonally flowing water in the wild[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A root extract is taken with honey to induce abortion[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
A root decoction, combined with the leaf sap, is given to children with convulsions caused by malaria[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

The latex is applied as ear drops to treat ear infection[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The latex is applied to sores[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

A plant decoction is taken to treat epileptic attacks[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Phytochemical studies on the roots have shown the presence of small quantities of cardenolides as well as larger amounts of pregnane glycosides[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]
Tests on different parts of the plant have suggested the presence of flavonoids[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
Different plant extracts have shown an indication of sympathetic stimulation, central nervous system depression, diuretic activity, peripheral vasodilatation, and slight psychotropic activity and metabolic poisoning[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
A methanolic extract of the aerial parts demonstrated a noteworthy growth inhibitory effect against several human cancer cell lines[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].
An aqueous root bark extract did not show any uterotonic or anti-implantation effect in vitro[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Other Uses

The hairs of the seeds are used as pillow stuffing[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Latex exudes freely from areas of damage on the plant[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
]. It is used medicinally.

Propagation

Seed -

Add a Comment:

If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.