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
Kanahia laniflora is an erect, multi-stemmed, glabrous shrub that can grow up to 2.5 metres tall. Latex is present in all parts[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of material for stuffing pillows etc.
Africa - Cote D'Ivoire to Cameroon; Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, S. Africa; Yemen, Saudi Arabia.
In sand or among rocks along (seasonal) streams or lakes in dry areas, at elevations from sea-level up to 1,800 metres[
]. It is considered a rheophyte[
The plant often inhabits areas of seasonally flowing water in the wild[
A root extract is taken with honey to induce abortion[
A root decoction, combined with the leaf sap, is given to children with convulsions caused by malaria[
The latex is applied as ear drops to treat ear infection[
]. The latex is applied to sores[
A plant decoction is taken to treat epileptic attacks[
Phytochemical studies on the roots have shown the presence of small quantities of cardenolides as well as larger amounts of pregnane glycosides[
Tests on different parts of the plant have suggested the presence of flavonoids[
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[
A methanolic extract of the aerial parts demonstrated a noteworthy growth inhibitory effect against several human cancer cell lines[
An aqueous root bark extract did not show any uterotonic or anti-implantation effect in vitro[
The hairs of the seeds are used as pillow stuffing[
Latex exudes freely from areas of damage on the plant[
]. It is used medicinally.
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